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IMPERIAL ORDER DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE
Arms : Per pale Gules and Azure, a mullet of seven points Argent pommé and edged Or charged with a maple leaf Gules and interlaced by a belt Argent engrailed to the exterior invected to the interior edged and buckled Or
Crest : A Doric capital silver supporting a basin issuant therefrom red roses leaved all proper
Supporters : Two lionesses guardant Or each gorged of a ribbon per fess Gules and Azure and standing on stone steps proper
Motto: PRO REGINA ET PATRIA
The arms were officially granted on September 15, 2014.
Red, blue and white are the organization’s colours, derived from the Royal Union Flag. The belt and the seven-pointed star are found in the IODE’s historic emblem, there having been seven provinces in Confederation when the organization was created. The maple leaf indicates that this is a national body.
The Doric capital refers to the classical foundations of modern education, and thus to the fact that educational scholarships remain a key part of the IODE’s mandate. Roses have been used as a symbol of the organization in the past. The bowl holding the roses represents the fact that the IODE gathers its members together.
The lionesses are based on the lion supporters of the Royal Arms of Canada and of the United Kingdom, and refer to the IODE’s heritage as a patriotic body. They are made unique to the IODE through the use of the female lions and the red and blue ribbons. The steps represent three aspects of the organization’s mission: education, community service and citizenship.
The motto means “For Queen and country” and was the motto adopted by the IODE’s predecessor organization, the Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, in 1900.
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