Symbolism of the Heraldic Emblems of The Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor, O.P.E.I.
Blue, white and red, the colours of the starred flag of Acadia, pay homage to Her Honour's Acadian origins. The organ pipes symbolize her dedication as a volunteer organist and choir director at the parish of St. Simon and St. Jude in her home community of Tignish, PEI. The treble clef underlines the importance of music, which is a fundamental expression of love and harmony for Her Honour.
The blue jay, with its varied and musical bird calls, is the avian emblem of Prince Edward Island. Its coronet evokes Her Honour's attachment to the monarchy, and the yellow star, to Acadia. the maple leaves, the distinctive symbol of Canada, also represent Her Honour's parents.
These phrases in the two official languages of Canada express the ideas of serenity, courage and wisdom cherished by Her Honour. They also emphasize her spirituality and the importance of family for her.
The Doberman pinscher, an excellent guard dog and police dog for which Her Honour has great affection, is noted for its energy, its proud and resolute stance and its faithfulness. Its collar of oregano and summer savoury underline her love for cooking. Prince Edward Island is crescent-shaped, resembling a cradle, thus known as Abegweit, the Mi'kmaq name meaning "the land cradled on the waves." Her Honour's native province is distinguished by the beauty of its sandy beaches lined with sandstone cliffs and dunes shaped by the wind and waves. It is also known for its rich red soil, its picturesque scenery of rolling hills accentuated by tree-lined fields, as well as the diversity of its flora. The Lady's slipper and the oak tree, symbolized by its leaves, are official emblems of Prince Edward Island.