RPSC member appointed to Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee

Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) member Jean Wang was recently appointed to Canada Post’s 12-person Stamp Advisory Committee.

Wang, a Toronto medical doctor and award-winning exhibitor, was one of five people recently appointed to the committee. In an interview with Canadian Stamp News (CSN), she said she was “overjoyed” after the Crown corporation announced her appointment.

“I only found out about the existence of the committee a few years ago, and it’s something that you can only dream about being on. I never thought I would have the chance to do it, but I think it’s amazing and I’m really looking forward to it,” Wang said.

The committee’s members are appointed by Canada Post’s board of directors to a maximum of two three-year terms. They are appointed based on recommendations from the committee chair and generally come from three walks of life—philately or stamp collecting; art or design; and history, each of which are almost always represented among the 12 members.

Wang’s expertise relates to philately and philatelic exhibiting. Last June, she was awarded with a Large Gold as well as the Medical Subjects Unit Award for her multi-frame exhibit, “The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine,” at the 67th annual National Topical Stamp Show hosted by the American Topical Association (ATA). At the 2016 RPSC Convention in Waterloo, Ont., Wang’s “Story of Blood” exhibit earned a Vermeil as well as the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors‘ Title Page Excellence Award and the ATA’s 2nd Place Topical Award.

“We’re thrilled to have her on board,” Canada Post Director of Stamp Services Jim Phillips told CSN.

Wang’s five-frame exhibit, ‘The Story of Blood: Myth to Medicine,’ (title page shown above) earned a Large Gold at the 67th annual National Topical Stamp Show last June.

BENEFITING PHILATELISTS

Wang said she will try to use her new position on the committee to the benefit of philately.

“Nobody else on the committee really knows what’s in the hearts and minds of philatelists; we don’t want too many issues, and we want things that are appropriate, and Canadian, and not too commercial,” she said.

“Canada Post has different considerations and I think they have to balance those, too, but certainly they hear us, as philatelists. In terms of the number of issues, there aren’t as many as there were even a couple of years ago. I’ll do my best to advocate for philately.”

ESTABLISHED IN 1969

The Stamp Advisory Committee was established in 1969 (little more than a decade after the U.S. Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee was formed) and meets three times a year, and topics for the stamp program are chosen based on the committee’s criteria, which include representing a cross-section of Canadian society; being marketable; and having a broad base appeal.

SOME IDEAS

Wang said she has already begun pondering some suggestions to present to the committee.

“I’m starting to think about if there should be another issue to commemorate scientific achievements in Canada,” she said. “There have been some huge Canadian scientists, and we’ve had scientists commemorated in the past, but not in recent years.”

Aside from offering suggestions, Wang said she’s also excited to work with other committee members to develop Canada’s stamp program.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun interacting with artists and historians as well as having an input into what the history of Canada is going to be for the next few years.”

The President’s Message

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The 90th Royal/Royale- Thanks to the Volunteers!

It is time again on June 22-24 for the Society’s 90th annual convention-Royal/Royale 2018. I and the Board of Directors are excited about the events at the event. My thanks to the St Catharines’ club and to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this a successful event. Special thanks to Rod Paige, the Society’s former Vice President, Victor Potter, Les Molnar, Jim Glen and Stuart Keeley, our Board member.

Exhibits and the Jury

Those attending will see outstanding exhibits that will be evaluated by a group of experienced jurors led by Dr. Joel Weiner. Other jury members will be

Stéphane Cloutier FRPSC, Ottawa Ontario, Robert (Bob) Anderson,  Brantford Ontario,

Robert (Bob) Hohertz, Northfield Minnesota (APS reciprocal judge) and David Collyer, Gladesville, New South Wales  (Australian Philatelic Federation reciprocal judge).

Confirmed Dealers 

There will be many notable dealers in attendance. Special thanks to Roy Houtby for his fine efforts as Dealer liaison. Enjoy shopping for hidden treasures at the tables! Confirmed dealers with specialities and emails are:

 

Hugh Anderson

Supplies & Topical

choochoo@istar.ca

 

Bill Barrell

Great Britain

bill@barrell.co.uk

https://www.barrell.co.uk/

 

Stephane Bilodeau Stamps

Canadian Stamps

canadian-stamps@xittel.ca

www.canadian-stamps.com

 

Canada Stamp Finder

Canada, BNA

canadastampfinder@gmail.com

www.canadastampfinder.com

 

City Stamp Montreal

Canada, BNA

info@citystamp.ca

www.citystamp.ca

 

William Coates

Canada, BNA

canstamps@gmail.com

 

Greenwood Stamp Company

Postal History

 

  1. Frank Hoyles

WW, Post Cards

fhoyles@southkent.net

 

Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist) Inc

Postal History

hdphil@videotron.ca

www.hdphilatelist.com

 

Chris Green Stamps

Canada & Br. Comm

chris@chrisgreen.ca

 

Lighthouse Canada

Supplies

www.lighthousecanada.ca

info@lighthousecanada.ca

 

Longley Auctions

Postal History

bill@longleyauctions.com

www.longleyauctions.com

 

Nigel J. Mackey

Worldwide

nigelmackey346@outlook.com

 

Maddy’s Philatelic Service

Worldwide

mastamps@computan.com

computan.on.ca/mastamps

Medallion Stamps

USA & Canada

medallionstamps@cogeco.ca

 

Royal Williams Stamps Ltd.

Canada, BNA

royalwil@compusmart.ab.ca

 

Roy’s Stamps

Canada & Br. Comm

roystamp@cogeco.ca

 

Spinks

Auctions

geveleth@spink.com

 

Taylor Stamps

Canada, BNA

rob@taylorstamps.com

stores.ebay.ca/taylors-stamps

 

Trajan Publishing

Supplies, CSN

mwalsh@trajan.ca

www.canadianstampnews.ca

 

Vance Auctions Ltd.

World Wide

vance@vanceauctions.com

www.vanceauctions.com

 

E.S.J. Van Dam Ltd.

Revenue Stamps

erlingvandam@gmail.com

http://www.esjvandam.com/

 

 

Seminars and Workshops 

Attendees will also be able to attend and listen to excellent speakers at the following seminars on various philatelic subjects :

Friday

11:00 – 12:00       GB: Postal Reform  1837-1840  -Tom Slemons

13:00 – 14:00      Fun of Topical Collecting   -Larry Davidson

14:30 – 15:30      Understanding the Machin Series – A Primer

Saturday

11:00 –12:00      Getting Started with Thematic Exhibiting – Dawn Hamman

13:00 – 14:00      GB Postal Reform to Modern Machins –

14:30 – 15:30      ATA Roundtable – latest news from ATA

15:30 – 16:30      A Show & Tell of Unusual Canadian First Day Covers -Andrew Chung

Sunday

1:00- 2:00           Judging – Treatment & Importance – Dr. Joel Weiner

RPSC Table

My hope is that attendees will visit our Society’s table and say hello to me or others involved in the Society, including our esteemed editor, Herb Colling.

Board of Directors Update and the Strategic Plan

At the Annual General Meeting,  the Board of Directors and the Society executive will unveil its strategic plan for the Society. The Vision Statement and the Objectives of the Society were passed at a Board of Directors Meeting on April 29, 2018.

My special thanks to Lloyd Field and Sam Chiu for their leadership with me on the plan and to the other board members and valued members such as Garfield Portsch and past presidents Charles Verge and George Pepall for their insightful comments. My hope is that volunteers will work with members of the Society to implement the plan to improve our Society. In the upcoming months, I will write or speak about various aspects of the Strategic Plan and look forward to discussing aspects of it with many of you.

Speaking of the Board of Directors, the Society will have 13 board members from across Canada. They are all accomplished people in their own right and all have the best interests of the Society and philately at heart. The Board has had regular teleconference meetings every few weeks to discuss and implement decisions pertaining to matters of interest to the Society and its members. My thanks, on behalf of the Society to all of you, and to Robert Pinet, our Society secretary, who is retiring from our Board.

Mission and Vision Statement of the Strategic Plan

  1. To take a leadership role in promoting and encouraging “stamp collecting”(which includes the collection of topicals, thematics, postal history, aerophilately, and the use of postcards and other ephemera) for Canadians of all ages, genders and ethnicityand to be an inclusive not exclusive organization. Our audience would include the public, beginning collectors, specialists and the philatelic community at large;
  2. To offer educational programmes to the public which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of “stamp collecting” as described above;
  3. To promote and encourage volunteerism in “stamp collecting” (as described above), philatelic  exhibiting and philatelic judging;
  4. To represent residents of Canada in worldwide philatelic exhibitions and in worldwide philatelic organizations ; and
  5. To be the Canadian centre of excellence for collectors, philatelic exhibitors and philatelic judges .

Proposed Objectives To Fulfill the Mission and Vision Statement 

Publications

Encourage the preparation of presentations and monographs, books and other educational material for the public, including all those who are engaged in philatelic activities. The publications would include material that can be used in various places to attract members – for example, stamp shows, coin shows, postcard shows, antique shows, libraries, community centres and schools;

Seminars and Courses

Develop materials and deliver seminars/courses to all levels of collectors, philatelists, exhibitors and judges in Canada on topics of relevance to them

Exhibiting at all Levels (including exhibits of topicals, thematics, ephemera and postcards) 

Develop and deliver educational materials/programmes on exhibiting to encourage exhibiting at all levels and classes;

Mentoring of Individuals and Groups 

Develop a mentoring program for beginning hobbyists of all ages using RPSC Fellows and other qualified individuals (including exhibitors and judges)

Fundraising

Raise capital for charitable(tax deductible) and non-charitable activities through fund raising campaigns . Integrate RPSC Foundation and TAPE activities in a rational and coordinated way . Seek “charitable organization” status for the RPSC from the Canada Revenue Agency;

Relationships and Partnerships with other Philatelic Organizations Including Canada Post and Dealers Inside and Outside Canada

Regularly establish and enhance relationships with Canada Post, the Canadian Stamp Dealers Association and other philatelic organizations to attract more people to the hobby, and to ensure working efficiencies. Appoint persons to act as liaisons with each organization’ Maintain excellent working relationships with FIP, FIAF and other organizations such as the American Philatelic Society;

Promote and Sponsor Joint shows/exhibitions (coins, postcards, ephemera)

Establish and maintain a show/ exhibition/conventions committee to liaise with RPSC chapters and to develop and follow consistent guidelines to create a first class experience for those attending the shows and exhibitions. One or more RPSC board members would be actively involved in this process;

Insurance Benefits for Members

Continue to offer insurance benefits to members as is the current practice;

 Promote and Encourage Volunteerism

Find, encourage and publicly acknowledge volunteers who help the RPSC in administration, clerical work and fund-raising. Promote, encourage and publicly acknowledge volunteer participation in philatelic organizations other than the RPSC (clubs, shows, publications);

Brand The Canadian Philatelist as the Premier Philatelic Publication in Canada

Make the content and direction of this publication consistent with the above objectives and statements so that it is widely viewed as the premier philatelic publication in Canada. The Editorial Board and the Editor ( in consultation from the Board of the RPSC) must promote, encourage and publish articles and other material consistent with the above objectives and statements ;

Attract New Members and Maintain Existing Memberships Whenever Possible and Strengthen Relationships with RPSC Affiliate Chapters

Use RPSC affiliate chapters to recruit new RPSC members. Create RPSC regional liaisons in provinces to attract new members and promote the above objectives; and

Enhanced Promotion, Marketing and Branding of the RPSC By Various Means Including Traditional and Social Media

 

Create an awareness that the RPSC stands for The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, that the RPSC has a long and storied history and tradition and that it is an inclusive and not exclusive organization that someone will be excited to join. Use our existing Facebook page and RPSC Website to get our messaging across on a timely and broad basis.

Member Sales Circuits

 Offer members the chance to sell or buy one anothers’ stamps through a  carefully managed sales circuit under contract with a reliable and conscientious individual or party.

Please Volunteer and Help the RPSC

These are truly exciting times for our Society! Please help the Society in any way you can. Recruit new members! Please find a little time in your busy lives to volunteer for Society committees or at your local club or show to advance and promote the interests of our Society .  See you in St Catharines!

 

Best Regards

Ed