Stampin' Up! What Christmas Means to Me - West Wind Hardwood

This is a new section for our Newsletter. Jan and I were avid collectors as youngsters. And recently, we were touched by the Southern BC Flooding experienced by so many due to the ‘atmospheric rivers’ that dumped unprecedented amounts of rain. Although we did lose many vintage items due to our crawl space flooding, and the sad fact that Rubbermaid boxes do not float upright, we do acknowledge we are blessed by being warm, dry and on high ground, unlike so many of our fellow British Columbians.

In sorting through the papers, I discovered the Stamp Club Binders that Canada Post had for their Kids Club. Our girls ‘were volunteered’ to join 😉 by the parents. It was going through their collections that I realized Canada Post has paid tribute to our resource-based logging industry, wooden boats, trees and shrubs throughout the years.


The meaning of Christmas to the under 13-year-old children of Canada has been captured in the representative group of 12 drawings chosen from tens of thousands of submissions in the Canada Post Office stamp design project.  The designation of 1970 as International Education Year places an added significance on the use of children’s designs on Canada’s Christmas stamps.  It was in mid-November 1969 that this venture was announced.  It made possible an expression of What Christmas Means to Me based on actual experiences and happenings during the season which holds a special magic for the young.  Some 40 or 50 paintings and drawings were referred to Ottawa from each of the regional judging centres established at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Owens Art Gallery at Fredericton, the Nova Scotia College of Art at Halifax, the Confederation Art Gallery and Museum at Charlottetown and the Arts and Culture Centre at St. John’s. The final adjudication of approximately 500 representative submissions at Post Office Headquarters, Ottawa, performed by the Department’s Design Advisory Committee, resulted in the selection of 12 brush and crayon creations.  These have now been reproduced with great fidelity as postage stamps.

The 5 cents issues are based on submissions by Lisa Wilson age 8, of Kamloops, British Columbia; Donna Niskala, age 9, of Macrorie, Saskatchewan; Anthony Martin, age 5, of Marius, Manitoba; Dwayne Durham, age 7, of Fort Erie, Ontario, and Manon Lecompte, age 9, of Laprairie, Quebec.
The 6 cents stamps are drawings by Jean Pomperleau, age 8, of St. Paul, Alberta; Janet McKinney, age 8, of Saint John, New Brunswick; Nancy Whatley, age 10, of Armdale, Nova Scotia; Joseph MacMillan, age 12, of Summerville, Prince Edward Island, and Eugene Battacharya, age 7, of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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