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image by Dean McGee, 2 February 2006
At the county website is a picture and description of the county "crest":
The crest was adopted in 1967, and it avoids the "round logo divided into four" pattern common in Canadian (and US) cities in the 60s and 70s by dividing the circle into six sections, each with a symbol of the county.
This is the official crest of Strathcona County, it also appears on our municipal flag.
The design was chosen as a result of a contest during Canada's Centennial Year, 1967. The winner of the contest was Mrs. Mary Tiedemann, who used the wagon wheel to encompass six symbols:
- A sheaf of grain representing the farming community
- The head of a cow which represents the dairy industry
- Oil tanks and towers to represent the industry of the County
- The wild rose, which is the official flower of the Province of Alberta of which we are a part
- An old fort which symbolizes many settlement beginnings in the Province
- A suburban house representing the urban area of Strathcona and in particular Sherwood Park
The 2004 population: 76000 (third most populous municipality in Alberta). Most of these live in the (unincorporated) area of Sherwood Park, which borders on the City of Edmonton.
Its status was changed to a "Specialized Municipality" in 1996, when the status
of "county" was eliminated in Alberta, but kept "county" as part of its name.
Dean McGee, 2 February 2006
image contributed by Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006<
The previous Strathcona County flag had a blue background, now has a
similar design but with a burgundy colored background.
Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006