JULIE PAYETTE is a remarkable woman ! An Astronaut, Engineer , Scientific Broadcaster and a Corporate Director , becomes Canada’s 29th Governor General today! In addition , she speaks 6 languages, holds 27 honorary doctorates and is an officer of the Order of Canada. Her motto is ….”aim high and dare to dream”.
Her Coat of Arms is remarkable too! It’s described as a symbol of exploration and liberty, an open wing embodies our desire to reach higher and expand our horizons. As with birds protecting their young, the wing also conveys the strength and safety of family ties. Moreover, it represents Ms. Payette’s career as an aviator and astronaut. The Royal Crown symbolizes the vice-regal office and service to all Canadians.The astronaut’s helmet represents the never-ending quest for knowledge, a quest that extends beyond the frontiers of the known world.
The Motto meaning “Through hardship to the stars,” the Latin phrase PER ASPERA AD ASTRA is the motto used by Ms. Payette and her fellow astronauts. Whatever the difficulties or challenges, perseverance and effort always bear fruit. There is hope in every situation; we simply need to look for it. As we salute Julie today , let’s learn how her own Coat of Arms was created;