Century of service to youth recognized with special issue
OTTAWA, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - For 100 years, the volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada have helped children across the
country reach their potential by being positive role models and
encouraging personal development. Canada Post today recognized that
milestone by issuing a commemorative stamp honouring the achievements
of the mentoring organization.
"The work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada goes a long way to lend
a helping hand and guidance where it's needed most," says the
Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). "These
volunteers change young lives every day and are beyond deserving of
The first Big Brothers agency was established in Canada in 1913 and the
Big Sister program began around the same time and eventually merged
into its present form. Research shows that girls with a Big Sister are
four times less likely to bully, fight, lie or express anger than girls
without a mentor. Little Brothers are twice as likely to believe that
school is fun and doing well academically is important.
"The commitment to our children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
is incredible," says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post.
"That spirit of community is always refreshing to see and this stamp
recognizes the organization's dedication to Canadian youth."
About the stamp
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada stamps measure 24mm x 32mm with
simulated perforations. The Permanent™ domestic stamps are printed by
Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using five-colour lithography. The
stamps are pressure sensitive and the Official First Day Cover will
feature a cancel from Toronto. Some 1.8 million stamps featuring the
100th anniversary of the organization have been produced and are sold
in booklets of 10. To purchase philatelic products, visit canadapost.ca/shop.
SOURCE: Canada Post
For further information:
Brayden Akers, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)