StampNews.com is glad to let our readers know that Canada Post released a special stamp bearing Lewis’s design that is being sold in support of the Crown corporation’s community foundation to raise funds for children’s charities.
There are two versions of the stamp, one set against a blue background and another in green. Infused with brightness and joy, the image represents positivity, playfulness, energy, and hope. It is a metaphor for children who may need a little help in order for their dreams to take flight.
That falls on the heels of the release last spring of a new silver coin designed by Andrew Lewis for the Royal Canadian Mint. Lewis is an internationally acclaimed designer, best known for his posters.
“As a designer, this is one of the highlights of your career, kind of a reaffirmation that you’re doing some good work and getting recognition for it,” said Lewis in a telephone interview before flying to Ecuador to speak at a design conference.
“It’s a complete mind-blower.”
Lewis said he was approached by Canada Post about 18 months ago to design a stamp.
He offered a very colourful and playful bird described by the Crown corporation as “adorable birds (and youthful dreams).” For the first time, Canada Post decided to issue the stamp in two coloured versions. The stamps are being sold in booklets of 10 — five in each colour — for $9.50 with $1 going to the foundation.
The foundation provides funds to local and national non-profit groups serving the needs of children and youth. Over the last four years, the foundation has given more than $5 million to libraries, breakfast programs, anti-bullying initiatives, sports clubs, and other programs and organizations, including Kids Help Phone, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.