Canada’s Prime Ministers on Stamps and First Day Covers
Canada’s Prime Ministers on Stamps and First Day Covers, Gary Dickinson. A 150th anniversary year review of the stamps and first day covers issued to honour the Prime Ministers of Canada. 2017, Spiral bound, 90 pages, 8.5 × 11, colour. ISBN: 978-1-927119-82-2. Stock # B4h092-1. C$49.95
Canada’s Prime Ministers on Stamps and First Day Covers is Gary Dickinson’s personal contribution to Canada’s sesquicentennial. Between the first day covers in his own collection, those that had been placed on the website of the First Day Cover Study Group, and additional contributions from several members of the group, the volume of material relating to Canada’s Prime Ministers far exceeded his expectations. This resulted in a volume that, unlike Gary’s previous books, is selective rather than all inclusive. Each of Canada’s fifteen deceased prime ministers who have been honoured on postage stamps receives a brief biographical introduction before the relevant FDCs are displayed. Rather than dealing with their accomplishments while in office, the focus is on the pathways they followed to reach the ultimate Canadian political position.
Dr. Gary Dickinson worked in British Columbia secondary schools, colleges, and universities for 35 years until he retired in 2001. The last 20 years were at Okanagan College and Okanagan University College where he served as South Okanagan Regional Director for five years and Dean of the Faculty of Adult and Continuing Education for 15 years. He was also Acting Vice-President, Academic for the year and a half prior to his retirement. Gary has continued his association with Okanagan College by chairing its Central Okanagan Advisory Committee and serving on the Research Ethics Board. He was co-founder of the BNAPS FDC Study Group and is editor of its newsletter, First Impressions. Gary and his wife Barbara have six grown children and were foster parents for 20 years.