Latest Canada 150 stamp honours Terry Fox, Marathon of Hope

Yesterday morning, Canada Post unveiled its sixth Canada 150 stamp, this in commemoration of Terry Fox’s 5,373-kilometre Marathon of Hope, in St. John’s, Nfld.

This latest stamp – part of an ongoing commemorative program to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial – was unveiled with the help of Fox’s sister, Judith, near the iconic “Mile 0,” where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980, when Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean.

Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John’s also participated in yesterday’s unveiling with a display of posters explaining how Fox inspires them achieve their goals.

This 30-cent stamp was issued by Canada Post in 1982, less than one year after Fox died in British Columbia—more than 5,000 kilometres from his starting point in St. John’s.

PREVIOUS TERRY FOX STAMPS

Canada Post has previously issued two stamps in commemoration of Fox and his achievements. The first—issued April 13, 1982, less than a year after his death—was a 40-cent stamp (Scott #915) designed by Vancouver graphic artist Friedrich Peter, a former professor at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

More recently, in January 2000, the Crown corporation honoured Fox on a 46-cent stamp as part of its Millennium Collection.

UNVEILING SCHEDULE

Fox was also commemorated on this 46-cent stamp issued as part of Canada Post’s Millennium Collection in 2000.

The first stamp of the Canada 150 series was unveiled in Montréal on April 27 by Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie in commemoration of Expo 67. The second stamp, this in celebration of the Constitution and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was unveiled on May 3 on Parliament Hill. The following day, the series’ third stamp was unveiled by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen. The fourth stamp, this honouring the 2005 passing of the Civil Marriage Act, was unveiled May 8 in Toronto. The fifth stamp of the Canada 150 series was unveiled on May 16 in commemoration of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The three remaining unveilings are slated for:

  • May 30 in Iqaluit, Nunavut;
  • May 31 in Winnipeg, Man.; and
  • June 1 in Vancouver, B.C., where the program’s final two stamps will be unveiled.

The entire set will be available for purchase in post offices across the country as well as online on June 1 (although pre-ordering is open now).

For more information about each release, visit canadapost.ca/canada150.

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