By Jesse Robitaille
This is the first story in a two-part series on the Canadian Stamp Dealers Association.
The Canadian Stamp Dealers Association (CSDA) has unveiled its new board for the upcoming term that begins on Dec. 1.
Long-time CSDA president Rick Day, of Burlington, Ont., has stepped down from the helm after nearly two decades. He’s set to assume the vice-president’s role previously filled by incoming President Angelo Komatsoulis, of Montréal, Qué.
“I’ve enjoyed the time, and I’m wishing Angelo all the best,” said Day, the owner of Medallion Stamps, who added, “We’ve all come a long way.”
“To tell you how much things have changed, I can remember going to meetings before I was president where the big debate was, ‘Should the CSDA buy a computer?’”
Another long-time CSDA official, Executive Director John Sheffield is also eager for the association’s next steps, including the launch of a new online marketplace that will be detailed in the second part of this story.
“I’m looking forward to working with the new board – and hopefully, some new ideas,” said Sheffield, of London, Ont. “Angelo is a strong administrator, and I think he’s going to be a great president.”
Rounding out the CSDA’s three-person executive is Secretary/Treasurer Mike Walsh, of Wainfleet, Ont., who’s also the editor and managing partner of CSN.
The directors for the 2020-22 term include:
- John Beddows, of Gananoque, Ont.;
- Jean Dallaire, of Sherbrooke, Qué.;
- Kayle Deveney, of Penticton, B.C.;
- Patrick Durbano, of Markham, Ont.;
- Dennis Jorgensen, of London, Ont.; and
- Peter Maresch, of Aurora, Ont.
“I’m honoured that my teammates proposed my name,” said Komatsoulis, who served as vice-president for the past two years and has been a CSDA member since 1983, when he opened his first storefront as a stamp dealer.
That year, he joined the CSDA’s U.S. counterpart – the American Stamp Dealers Association – plus various other philatelic organizations.
“I’m happy to be with the team, and I look forward to working with everyone co-operatively.”