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Chain of Office
On February 1, 2017, the Town of Drayton Valley celebrated its 60th Anniversary. The Chain of Office was presented to the municipality in recognition and celebration of the 60 years the Town of Drayton Valley has been incorporated as a municipality.
Chain of Office Presentation February 1, 2017
History of the Chain of Office
For over a thousand years, originating with the Dukes of Normandy, civic authorities have borne an official seal incorporating the arms of the authority. This seal was originally worn on a chain around the neck of the chief official. This practice has evolved into the modern Chain of Office adopted by many municipalities. The practice of wearing a Chain of Office has become steeped in historic tradition which honours our past.
The Mayor wears the Chain of Office at ceremonial occasions when he or she appears in his or her official capacity as a mark of pride in the Town in which we live. It also acknowledges the responsibilities, authority, and dignity which are attached to the office of the chief elected official. For example, the Chain of Office would be worn at ceremonial events such as Swearing-In, first meeting of Council, and official visits. When not in use, the Chain of Office is on display at the Civic Centre.
The Town’s Chain of Office is composed of several symbolic elements joined together:
The official Town of Drayton Valley Crest that shows three derricks honouring our oil and gas heritage, a maple leaf honouring Canada, and the Alberta wildrose, the official flower of Alberta.
Above the Crest hangs the Alberta Shield. The Shield represents the natural resources and beauty of the varied Alberta landscape – the Rocky Mountains and their foothills, the grass prairies, and the cultivated wheat fields. St. George’s Cross is an allusion to the arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company which once controlled what is now Alberta.
There are two flanking maple leafs celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday.
All the medallions are placed upon a Canadian beaver pelt symbolizing the nation’s history of fur trade. Anchoring the Chain of Office is the Town of Drayton logo on the back.
Four medallions, two on each side, were left blank to engage the public in the design of these as a special initiative in the Town’s 60th anniversary year. The Chain of Office was crafted to reflect the character of the community and each of the community-designed medallions represents one of four pillars that make Drayton Valley the unique community it is.
Culture & Heritage
Drayton Valley is a young community but its culture and heritage have defined its history and will play a tremendous part in its future. The creative design for the medallion will showcase the importance and value of culture and heritage in the community.
An interconnected network of people, businesses and organizations reside in Drayton Valley that collectively contribute to the vibrancy and prosperity of our community. We are welcoming to those who are new to the area and there is a spirit of generosity amongst those who live here. The creative design for this medallion will showcase our most treasured resource, the people who call Drayton Valley Home.
Drayton Valley is Defined by hard-working and progressive people, and the residents of our town are exceptionally creative and always strive to find better solutions. Our history has been etched by our original entrepreneurs and our future as well. The creative design for this medallion will capture the essence of our entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency.
Locate between the North Saskatchewan River and the Pembina River, the Town of Drayton Valley embraces its natural environment. Residents and visitors take part in outdoor activities throughout the year and the expansive trail system and green space throughout the Town reflect the community’s desire to showcase its natural environment. The creative design for this medallion will showcase the natural beauty and vibrancy of our community.