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David Arthur Douglas



David Arthur Douglas K.J, Ph.D. (29 July 1946 - ),  son of Garnet Harold Douglas (1901-1983), retired in 2005 after 35 years from a successful occupation in Marketing, Sales and Manufacturing.  He now devotes his time with his extracurricular ‘careers’ that cover marching with ‘Sigs’, a Canadian Forces Reserve Duty Band, archaeology, teaching, volunteer work, world travel and involvement with various fraternal and service organisations. David was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is married to Carol Goldman and they have two fine sons, Matthew David and Jason Andrew. He is a member of Victoria Lodge 474, A.F. & A.M., Orient Chapter, 79 R.A.M., a life-member of Geoffrey De St. Aldemar Preceptory, K.T., and a member of Rameses Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S. He has been honoured with the highest tribute awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky with a ‘Commission’ as a Kentucky Colonel and Aide-de-Camp. David was invested as a ‘Knight’ in ‘The Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of St Joachim’, founded in 1755 by fourteen nobles and military leaders of the Holy Roman Empire. The founding Grand Master of The Order of St. Joachim was the Great, Great Grand Uncle of both Queen Victoria, Queen of England and her husband, Franz August Karl Albert Emanuel, Prince Albert the Prince Consort. David also holds the rank of ‘Lieutenant Colonel’ in the ‘Corps St. Lazarus International’ (C.S.L.I.), an Austrian independent and private charitable and humanitarian organisation founded in accordance to the ideals and spirit of St Lazarus.

He is ‘armigerous’, having been granted the ‘Right to Bear Arms’ by The Canadian Crown, Heraldic Authority, The Office of the Secretary to the
David Arthur Douglas crest
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 Governor General of Canada and is proud of the Letters Patent granting armorial bearings authorizing his personal “Coat of Arms, Badge, Flag and son’s Cadet Shields”.

His other active memberships include: Life-member and ‘Canadian Regent’ of The Clan Douglas Society of North America, The American Schools of Oriental Research (Boston Mass.), The Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, Solel Congregation (Mississauga), The Royal Ontario Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, and The Monarchist League of Canada.

His initial military affiliations started in the early 1960’s lasting five years when he was a member of the Queen’s York Rangers Toronto, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, R.C.A.C.; ‘Cadet Lieutenant’. David is presently active with ‘Toronto Signals’ (established 1926) which is associated with the 32nd Signals Regiment, Canadian Army Reserves. In his capacity as drummer with the Toronto Signal Band, he and the band support the Regiment in all of its official functions and duties when called upon. The ‘Signals’ actively participate in regional, Provincial and cross-border events, parades, tattoos and ceremonies in support of the city of Toronto, the Royal Canadian Legion, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars along with their local communities. The ‘Sigs’ have been rightfully named ‘Canada’s Marching Ambassadors’. David is also a member and active with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 266 and Jimmy and Associates a ‘communications’ affiliate. His beliefs and action are to serve and honour members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their dependants, promote remembrance and act in the service of Canada and its friends.

During his business career he has been honoured with the presentation of seven different Trillium Awards (Awarded for Excellence in Canadian Furniture Marketing) and capturing the highest prize of all, The Grand Trillium Trophy for the most outstanding furniture marketing concept and program in Canada.

His academic archaeological background (PhD. Archaeology) allows him to devote time to research, lecturing and teaching, hopefully influencing the young students at Solel Congregation, Mississauga, where he has been a member for over 20 years and has taught their students for more than 10 years and counting. His volunteer time and association continues with ‘The International Federation of Infection Control’ (IFIC) where his wife ‘sits’ as Secretary of the Executive Board; ‘I.F.I.C.’ provides essential tools, education materials and communications that unite existing Infection Control societies that aid in the development of Infection Control organisations where they are needed, especially in developing nations. It also affords them wonderful world-wide travel experiences and personal international social networking.

His many hobbies, amongst others, include dabbling in landscape painting, donating many of his works to charitable, religious, and non-profit agencies in support of their fundraising endeavours. He collects Canadian coins, ancient artefacts; namely ancient oil lamps, archaeological books, and Jewish Chanukahim. He is keenly interested in genealogy, heraldry and an ardent supporter of his Douglas heritage. His passion for world travel, cooking, entertaining and fine dining continues to add enjoyment to life, sharing these delights with his dear wife, family and friends.

September 2015 - Well, it’s the end of an era.

It’s ironic that I started playing structured percussion as a cymbal player way back in 1960 at Parkdale Collegiate Institute and fifty-six years later finished as a cymbalist with the Toronto Signals Band.

Through those 56 fabulous years as a drummer I have performed and marched with the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Band - P.C.I., the Junior and Senior School Band, the Junior and Senior School Orchestra, Saint Mary’s Drum and Bugle Corps, The Knights of Columbus Drum and Bugle Corps, the Rameses Shrine Drum Corps, The Rameses Shrine Pipe Band and finally with the Toronto Signals Band of the 32 Signal Regiment, RCCS, affectionately known as the ‘Sigs’.

It’s been a grand run or, should that be a march, with great times drumming in front of royalty, entertaining throughout Canada and the United States, making lifelong friends and experiencing the thrill of applauding audiences and street lined crowds. I’ve now performed in my last parade.

“The roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals”, what a rush!

What a wonderful, exciting and unforgettable lifelong experience.

David August 2020
Stephen Lautens :- One of the fun parts of my duties at the Order of Saint Joachim. I finally had the opportunity to meet with HE The Chevalier David Douglas GCJ to present him with an oil portrait as a gift from the Order as thanks for his 7+ years of service as our Commander of Canada.

Arms of David Arthur Douglas

The shield is divided with a chevron into a blue upper portion and a white lower portion. The blue section is charged with three stars, the middle star having six points and the remaining two having five. The white section is charged with a red Bronze Age oil lamp. The colour scheme is borrowed from the arms of the ancestral chief of Clan Douglas, Dr. Douglas being a proud and active member of the clan. One of three five-pointed heraldic stars is replaced with a six-pointed Star of David, a reference to Dr. Douglas’ s first name and to his Jewish faith. Dr. Douglas is a collector of and an authority on ancient oil lamps; the lamp also represents education, and in particular Dr. Douglas’s voluntary service as a teacher of biblical history and archaeology at Bet Sefer School. The chevron division of the shield represents the light of knowledge piercing the darkness of night. It also resembles a carpenter or mason’s square, referring to Dr. Douglas’ career in the furniture manufacturing industry and his membership in a Masonic Lodge. The crest, a gold salamander, a mythical heraldic beast impervious to fire, is depicted here with wings and a lit oil lamp. It is set on a steel helmet draped with cloth mantling in blue and white, set in place by a wreath of twisted cloth in these colours. The salamander features in the Douglas clan badge and therefore its use here reinforces the allusion to Clan Douglas made in the colours of the shield. Figuratively, the salamander’s resistance to flame represents infection control, thus alluding to Dr. Douglas’s wife’s career in that field; its colour alludes to her maiden name, Goldman. The salamander is depicted with wings to refer to the Douglas’s love of travel. The oil lamp links the crest with the shield.

The motto, which means “Nothing without honour, loyalty, and tradition” expresses the values and inspiration passed on to the armiger from his parents whose influence has been of some considerable significance in his life.

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