Last modified: 2005-06-03 by phil nelson
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Translated from city documentation:
The seven-tower crown symbolizes the fact that Sherbrooke is the Queen of the Eastern Townships or Estrie. The fleurs-de-lys and the rose represent respectively the French and English elements of the city. Gold symbolizes generosity and prosperity; azure, the aspiration towards an elevated ideal. The Y shape represents the Saint-François and Magog rivers meeting at the place known as the Grandes Fourches (Great Forks). The silver moletta is a piece taken from the arms of Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, an emblem of diligence and untarnished honor. The two lightning bolts symbolize electricity, a valuable resource of the City of Electricity. The spear represents St Michael, patron of the cathedral/basilica. The palms are of the color of rising wheat, symbolizing the entrepreneurship spirit, the confidence in the future as well as the green of the numerous parks. The motto NE QUID NIMIS means 'nothing in excess', and was JC Sherbrooke's family's motto.
Sherbrooke has two universities: Université de Sherbrooke (French
language) and Bishop's (English language).
Luc Baronian, 8 May 2005