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:
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox's drama teacher urged him to audition for acting parts. He appeared in numerous TV shows, theatre plays and movies, before getting his big break in 1982, in the hit TV show Family Ties. Fox has also appeared in feature films, including the blockbuster Back to the Future trilogy. In 1990, he was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease, but waited until 1998, while starring in the hit TV series Spin City, to disclose his condition to the public. Committed to campaigning for increased Parkinson's research, he established the non-profit Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and remains an outspoken supporter of stem cell research.