The three-day west-coast show Vanpex is returning to national-level status this September after a 12-year hiatus as a regional show.
Slated to be held Sept. 27-29 at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre, Vanpex 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the British Columbia Philatelic Society, the show’s host. In addition to about 30 dealers on the bourse, organizers are expecting about 100 competitive exhibit frames. It will be the first national-level show held west of Edmonton since 2007.
Sam Chiu, vice-president of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, will serve as jury chair.
On Sept. 28, the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PSSC) is slated to convene its first-ever event in Vancouver.
The PSSC will host a lecture featuring the venerable Gray Scrimgeour, who recently published a digital book, Andy Morod and the Nootka Sound Region, which is now available on the PSSC website. This will also be the topic of his lecture this fall.
“It is a brilliant study of British Columbia postal history based on a 1932-1964 correspondence by the eponymous character,” said PSSC President Ingo Nessel, who added the society will send its members to six other exhibitions across Canada in 2019.