Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine

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COLLÈGE SAINTE-ANNE DE LACHINE

Country: Canada
Campus/location : Lachine

Arms (crest) of Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine

Official blazon

Arms: Argent on a bend sinister between two keys Azure, a fleur-de-lis Or
Crest: The dome of the Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine issuant from an open book lying flat proper bound Azure
Supporters: Two dragons Azure armed and with their undersides Or, each holding a lantern and standing on a stone wall proper
Mottoes: COGNOSCI UT MELIUS FACIAS

Origin/meaning

The arms were initially granted on March 15, 2010.

Blue is the official colour of the Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine. The stripe represents the Lachine Canal, which runs alongside the college. The fleur-de-lis represents the location of the college in Quebec. The two keys symbolize the acquisition of the Simpson Manor by the Sisters of Saint Anne on May 1, 1861, as well as the ceremony at which the Sisters were presented the key to the main door. The keys also represent the institution as a guardian of knowledge passed down for generations from teachers to students. Education is the key to success, as demonstrated by the success of the college’s graduates. The college’s newspaper is also called La Clé [the key].

The crest depicts the dome of the main building of the Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine, completed in 1889. This dome is one of the architectural jewels of Quebec. The cross at the summit symbolizes the Sisters of Saint Anne, the original proprietors of the college. The open book represents the college’s educational mission.

The supporters represent the Centre d’activités du Collège Sainte-Anne, the mascot of which is a dragon. The lanterns symbolize the Lachine lighthouse. A symbol of light and an indispensable tool for guides, they represent the path to success and the role of teachers. The comportment represents the authorization that the Sisters of Saint Anne received to use stones from the Lachine Canal to expand the college.

The motto means “To know so as to better do”, and has been the motto of the Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine for many years.


Literature: Information from http://www.gg.ca