RPSC Fellows elect three new members
The President of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), Mr. George Pepall, FRPSC, is proud to announce that the Fellows have invited three outstanding philatelists to join their ranks on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of organized philately in Canada. The meeting was held in Edmonton, Alberta on June 1, 2012. The three are:
Mr. Kevin O’Reilly of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories is a long standing member of The RPSC. Through his writings, presentations and exhibits he is the recognized expert on the philately of Northern Canada from Labrador to the Yukon. Although living away from the centres of philately of Canada he still has managed to participate actively in the development of our hobby through many of the philatelic organizations he belongs to. He was The RPSC’s representative on Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee (2006-2012) and has served for many years on The RPSC’s Geldert Award Committee. In addition, Mr. O’Reilly is an international exhibitor and an expert in philatelic literature. He is also the proud father of and mentor to Amber who continues in her father’s footsteps. Under his guidance she won the 2004 North American Youth Champion of Champions competition, one of three Canadians to do so since the competition was started in 1990.
Michael Sefi, RDP, of Arundel, West Sussex, was elected for his tremendous help in ensuring the two most recent successful displays of The Royal Philatelic Collection in Canada. The first in 2006 at the Convention of The RPSC in Calgary and the second being the seven- month extravaganza, Her Majesty’s Stamps, held in 2009-2010 at the Museum of Civilisation. Furthermore, Mr. Sefi, more than his predecessors, has made the Royal Philatelic Collection available to Canadian researchers and to the Greene Foundation for expertisation purposes. In addition, thanks to Mr. Sefi’s selection, many BNA items have been displayed in several international exhibitions particularly the highly successful The Queen’s Own at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum (2004) and at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington, NZ (2005). He has also shown selected BNA items from the Collection at The Queen’s display at the Royal Philatelic Society, London (RPS,L) and at many Courts of Honour of international exhibitions. He has worked tirelessly to transform the public appreciation of the Collection’s contents by display and lectures in many parts of the world. He serves on the Council of the Royal Philatelic Society, London and for many years was a consultant to the British Philatelic Trust and is currently Chairman of the RDP Trust. The Fellows also felt that honouring Mr. Sefi with a Fellowship in The RPSC would also honour, by extension, all the other Keepers who have made efforts to ensure that the Queen’s Collection was shown in Canada on six or more occasions prior to 2006.
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