The evolution from simple collector to specialist will be explored by Toronto philatelist Michel Houde, a member of the invite-only Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada, at the Spring National Postage Stamp and Coin Show on April 4.
After much research and discussion with nearly 30 other philatelic specialists, Houde will explore why and how philatelists become specialists while also sharing what people have gained from being a specialist and what it allows them to give back to the hobby. He will also offer some advice and insight on how collectors can grow to become specialists followed by a discussion with attendees.
“Specialization should interest general collectors because having a purpose and challenging yourself mentally are great ways to maintain your mental health,” said Houde. “There’s also the added satisfaction from making discoveries and having eureka moments.”
Also a member of the North Toronto Stamp Club, which is hosting its 77th-annual exhibition in conjunction with the show this spring, Houde is a noted volunteer who received the Volunteer Award from The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada last year.
Houde’s presentation will be held at 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Hazel McCallion B room.