|Date of Issue||May 22, 2012|
|Perforation or Dimension||Simulated perforation|
|Series Time Span||2012|
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
|Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine||$2.30|
U-VF Used - Very Fine
|Used - Very Fine||$0.40|
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:
Champion of Aboriginal and human rights, and a climate-change advocate, Sheila Watt-Cloutier has received the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN's Champion of the Earth Award and the Norwegian Sophie Prize; she is also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Officer of the Order of Canada. Born in Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec, she spent her first ten years leading a traditional Inuit life. Watt-Cloutier worked as an interpreter at the Ungava Hospital in Nunavik, and a student counselor in Kuujjuaq and Montréal. In 1995, she was named the Canadian president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a position she held until 2002, when she was named its International Chair.