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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 authority.  This seal was originally worn on a gold chain around the neck of the chief official.  This “decoration” has evolved into the modern Chain of Office.  Although decorative, the practice of wearing a Chain of Office has become steeped in historic tradition, and is one which is followed not only by elected officials but by the executives of civic organizations as well.  A modern Chain of Office is composed of several elements joined together with pieces of chain from which hangs a medallion.  Chains of Office are almost always sewn onto a velvet collar which is not only decorative but makes the chain much more comfortable to wear. 

Inscape Corporation, formerly known as Office Specialty Limited, generously donated the new Chain of Office.  This was fitting since back in 1971 Office Specialty Limited donated the original Chain. East Gwillimbury decided to have a new Chain of Office made as the original was over 30 years old and due for a major refurbishing.  The Town did not want to compromise its integrity.  The original Chain had Gwillimbury spelled 'Gwillumbury' and it had no room to incorporate the past, present and future of the Town.  

The new Chain of Office was designed to encompass the tradition of the original. A few minor changes were incorporated:  the colour of the velvet was changed to blue from green in order to reflect the Town’s theme colour, Gwillimbury is now spelled correctly, there are plates to hold the names and dates of service of the former, present and future mayors, and the main medallion was updated to reflect our new crest and the Town’s slogan “Our Town, Our Future”. 

One major addition to the new Chain is a commemorative medallion for each mayor. This medallion hangs from the main medallion with the mayor's name on it.  When the time comes for a new mayor, the outgoing mayor can take the medallion with him/her to memorialize time spent in office.