Last year, Canada Post sponsored an art competition for kids 15 and under in search of a meaningful image for the annual stamp of the Canada Post Community Foundation. Rising to the challenge of depicting an important issue facing young people, eight-year-old Ezra Peters of Whitelaw, Alberta, edged out four other finalists in an online vote.
His winning entry, Floating Adrift, is a plasticine-on-board sculpture of a white-sailed ship on a deep blue ocean, with a smiling green fish leaping from the water. Inspired by his love of ships, Ezra’s creation is a metaphor for how kids can stay on course if they have the proper support and guidance.
Designed by Ottawa’s Parable Communications, the stamp’s plasticine-like texture and childlike imagery are echoed in the booklet concept, which features a colourful rainbow of plasticine tubes.
The Canada Post Community Foundation provides funding to programs that seek to create lasting change for children and youth. The 10-cent surcharge customers pay for this semi-postal fundraising stamp goes directly to the work of the Foundation.
The other finalists – Alexandria Swartz (Toronto, Ontario), Daman Laking (Smithville, Ontario), and sisters Sally and Lucie Wilkie (Port Williams, Nova Scotia) – will also have an opportunity to see their work appear on a Canada Post product. Their respective entries, Spending Time With Loved Ones, Choices, World Peace, and Shadow of Peace, will grace the stamp issue’s Official First Day Cover.
- Product #: 413904111
- Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
- Date of Issue: Sept. 30, 2013
- Price: $7.30
- Denomination: 1 x domestic rate + 10¢ donation
- Design: Parable Communications
- Dimensions: 24 mm X 36 mm (vertical)
- Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
- Illustration: Ezra Peters
- Paper Type: Tullis Russell
- Perforations: Simulated perforation
- Printer: Canadian Bank Note
- Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
- Tagging: General, 4 sides
- Quantity: 3,000,000