The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the bottom edge of the stamp.
Canada Post honours four outstanding and well-known Canadians in this new stamp series, featuring images of Rick Hansen, Michael J. Fox, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Louise Arbour.
According to stamp design manager Alain Leduc, the unusual approach to portraiture has deeper meanings. The stamps, designed by Montreal's Paprika Design, show intimate close-ups of each of the four Difference Makers, created with a strategically-placed series of small dots. This unique form of digital pointillism carries with it a subtle symbolism—the dots coming together to create a view of the whole in the same way that each of these individuals employs a range of experience, knowledge, skills and talents to get the results they seek.
“Colour too, is an important factor in this issue,” notes Leduc. “Each one was chosen to differentiate the different fields in which these people are recognized. The colours aren't tied to any kind of specific symbolism, but we wanted to make sure that each Difference Maker was recognized as an individual personality.”
Each of the stamps will be sold in booklets of 10. A souvenir sheet with all four stamps is also available.
This edition of the Difference Makers' series includes the following highly-regarded Canadian humanitarians and activists:
Young Rick Hansen dreamed of representing Canada at the Olympics someday. But at age 15, he lost the use of his legs in an automobile accident. His positive attitude allowed him to stay involved in sports and he became the first person with a disability to graduate with a degree in Physical Education. He was inspired by Terry Fox, and through his own epic journey on the Man In Motion World Tour years later, he kept a small statue of Fox close, as encouragement. Later, he established the Rick Hansen Foundation, continuing his quest for a cure for spinal cord injury, and for an accessible and inclusive society.