Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 24, 2009 10:17 ET

Media Advisory: Young Students to be Heralds for a Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - Dr. Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, will present a heraldic workshop at the Michaelle Jean French elementary school. in Barrhaven, Ottawa, Ontario. The Grade 7 and 8 students will discuss the language of colours and the importance of symbols in the lives of young people today. They will then create their own coats of arms. The event will start at 12:30 p.m., on Monday, April 27, 2009, at,11 Claridge Drive, in Ottawa.

Dr. Boudreau has worked at the Canadian Heraldic Authority since 1997, and in 2007, became the first woman to be appointed chief herald in Canada and in the Commonwealth. The Canadian Heraldic Authority, headed by the governor general, was created in 1988, to ensure that heraldry is accessible to all Canadians.

The students will present their coats of arms to the Governor General and celebrate the vitality of Canadian heraldry and the first 20 years of the Canadian Heraldic Authority during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on May 4, 2009. For more information about the Canadian Heraldic Authority, please visit

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Lucie Caron