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  "Le Mayolois" Bulletin

July 2017


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Our Coat of Arms


 

THE OFFICIAL EMBLEM OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF MAYO

Tradition, origins and character are reflected in Mayo’s Official Emblem where a Latin Cross Shield surrounded by ancestral oak leaves protects a castle.  Our emblem rests upon our Latin motto that we are Different in Harmony and Dignity.

 

INTEGRATED SYMBOLS

1. The clover leaf in the top right part of the shield takes us back to the fantastic legends of the Druids and the arrival of our audacious ancestors from Ireland. After the devastating typhus of 1846, they were more than 100,000 to come to America.  Many discovered “La Lièvre”, “La Blanche”, Lochaber and Mayo.

 

2. The “Fleur de lys” underlines the important presence of the French speaking families living harmoniously in our municipality.

 

3. Close-knit wheat stems recall the 1850 original agricultural vocation of Mayo with the arrival of the first pioneers.

 

4. Three stylish conifers remind the strength the first families who had to harvest giant oak, pine and hickory to build their homesteads, their ingenuity to use the forest for hashes in order to sell these in Bytown (Ottawa), as well as the transformation of a forestry vocation into tourism where many residents enjoy lakes and nature.

 

5. The shield cross underlines Mayo founders’ faith, loyalty to their origins and pride in their roots. They brought to America their devotion to Our Lady of Knock (1879) from the Irish county of Mayo.

 

SUPPORT 

Oak leaves highlight the Outaouais Region’s history when Mayo’s builders utilized centennial trees reduced to ashes in order to economically support their families.

 

COLOR (BLUE AND GREEN)

Blue recalls the “Fleur de lys” French tradition as well as the beauty of many streams that enrich Mayo, green confirms the Irish character of Mayo’s mountains and valleys.

 

MOTTO 

A citation of the poet Virgil adapted to modern language:  Different in Harmony and Dignity.