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image contributed by Darrell Neuman, 18 July 2012
Municipalities in Wetaskiwin County:
Quoting the County's website:
The County of Wetaskiwin (10,535 inhabitants in 2006; 337,912 ha) is located 50 km south of Edmonton. It comprises the Hamlets of Gwynne, Winfield, Buck Lake, Alder Flats, Falun, Westerose, the Villages of Pigeon Lake and Mulhurst Bay. Also, within the County of Wetaskiwin boundary are the City of Wetaskiwin, Town of Millet and Summer Villages of Argentia Beach, Crystal Springs, Grandview, Ma-Me-O Beach, Norris Beach, Poplar Bay and Silver Beach.
The County of Wetaskiwin No 10 was established on January 1, 1958, and was comprised of a combination of the Municipal District of Montgomery No. 458, the Municipal District of Bigstone No. 459, and the Municipal District of Columbia No. 460. A county crest was designed by Ron Maslin and authorized by Lt. Governor rant MacEwan in May of 1969.
Quoting Gary Dearing:
The crest portrays the natural amenities of the County in relation to the principal basis of activity in the County, namely grain farming, livestock, forests and oil & gas. Constructed in the shape of a simple shield it is divided by a cross symbolic of the earliest work in this area by Christian missionaries, Father Lacombe and the McDougall brothers. In the centre of the cross, the circle of blue surrounded in gold represents all the lakes within the County. The symbol in the centre of the circle is the peace pipe on the hills representing the origin of the name Wetaskiwin. Each quadrant represents by color a season of the year. The crest is edged in gold, the traditional symbol of prosperity and for the continuing emphasis on Christian principles the cross passes through the edge overlapping the gold.
The flag can be seen on photos taken during the Todd's Crossing dedication ceremony, 7 September 2010.
Ivan Sache, 22 July 2012