Marie-Eve Tremblay's imaginative artwork for Canada's new permanent-rate semi postal stamp undercovers the value of reading, play and imagination in childhood. Funds raised from stamp sales help support a wide array of programs to benefit children and youth across Canada.
StampNews.com encourages the philately lovers to support children's programs by purchasing this philatelic item.
The foundation's vision "is to ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and surrounded by a community that supports and cares for them". Canada Post first issued semipostal stamps in 1974-76 to help fund the 21st Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec.
Earlier in 2015, the Foundation handed almost $1.2 million to 107 community initiatives, including a summer camp for young people with special needs, teen mental-health support and crisis counselling, specialized equipment for children with severe disabilities, homework help, playgrounds, and breakfast and literacy programs.
This year's stamp, designed by Context Creative's Lionel Gadoury and illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay, depicts the power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend. In an imaginary tent formed by a bed sheet, one youngster reads to another, demonstrating that a rich imagination should be part of every child's life.
Canada Post describes this design as depicting "the power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend". In a secret cave built of bed sheets, clothes pins and imagination, a sister reads a bedtime story to her younger brother, who clutches his teddy bear with wide-eyed delight at the tale.