Canada Post Community Foundation

September 30, 2013

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.

Booklet of 10 stamps

Booklet of 10 stamps


  • Product #: 413904111
  • Denomination: 1 x domestic rate + 10¢ donation
  • Design: Parable Communications
  • Dimensions: 24 mm X 36 mm (vertical)
  • Printer: Canadian Bank Note
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
  • Quantity: 3,000,000
  • Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
  • Illustration: Ezra Peters
  • Perforations: Simulated perforation
  • Tagging: General, 4 sides
  • Paper Type: Tullis Russell