John S. Siverts Award

This award is given annually to the editor of the best Study Group newsletter published during the previous calendar year. The winner is chosen by a selection committee comprised of the President, the Vice President Study Groups, the author of the Study Group Centreline column, the editor of BNA Topics, and a fifth member appointed by agreement between the President and the Vice President Study Groups.

The selection committee uses the following criteria in judging the Study Group newsletters:

  1. The information in the newsletter should be new, substantive, and useful to the members of the Study Group. Emphasis should be placed on major new contributions to BNA philatelic knowledge and articles updating and expanding upon previous research.
  2. The articles should contain relevant philatelic and collateral material.
  3. The articles should demonstrate interaction among Study Group members, and not just include material of interest to the editor.
  4. The articles should be well edited as regards structure, spelling, and punctuation. They should be easy to read, follow, and understand.
  5. Newsletters should have a clean overall layout and be consistent in style.
  6. Articles should acknowledge not only authorship but also those members contributing to an article and their contributions, unless a member requests otherwise, in which case this request should be noted in the article.

John S. Siverts was one of the earliest members of BNAPS, having joined in May 1944. His interests in BNA included squared circles, RPOs, town cancels, revenues, the Pence issue, and pre-Confederation provinces. He exhibited at several BNAPEX conventions and at CAPEX 1951. He wrote several articles for BNA Topics, served on the BNAPS Board of Governors from 1983 to 1986, and was inducted in the Order of the Beaver in 1984. John Siverts died on 14 April 1988.

Year Editor Newsletter Study Group
2016 Michael D. Smith Dots and Scratches Re-entries and Constant Plate Varieties
2015 Glenn Archer Confederation
The award was given at BNAPEX 2016 Fredericton
Large and Small Queens
2014 Gary Dickinson First Impressions First Day Cover
Ross Gray The Newsletter of the Canadian R.P O. Study Group Canadian R.P O.
2013 Ken Lemke King George VI Post and Mail King George VI
2012 Norris (Bob) Dyer The Newfie Newsletter Newfoundland
2011 Ken Lemke King George VI Post and Mail King George VI
2010 Norris (Bob) Dyer The Newfie Newsletter Newfoundland
2009 Leopold Beaudet The Admiral's Log Admiral
2008 Stephen Prest King George VI Post and Mail King George VI
2007 Robin Harris Corgi Times Elizabethan II
2006 Robin Harris Corgi Times Elizabethan II
2005 Ross Gray The Newsletter of the Canadian R.P O. Study Group Canadian R.P O.
2004 Norris (Bob) Dyer The Newfie Newsletter Newfoundland
2003 Robin Harris Corgi Times Elizabethan II
2002 Fred Fawn The 1898 Christmas Map Stamp Newsletter Map Stamp
Ross Gray The Newsletter of the Canadian R.P O. Study Group Canadian R.P O.
2001 Dick Staecker Postal Stationery Notes Postal Stationery
2000 John D. Arn Corgi Times Elizabethan II
1999 Malcolm B. Montgomery Newsletter Transatlantic Mail
1998 Chris Ryan Canadian Revenue Newsletter Canadian Revenue
1997 Dean Mario Newsletter Canadian Military Mail
1996 John D. Arn Corgi Times Elizabethan II
1995 William G. Robinson The Newsletter of the Canadian R.P O. Study Group Canadian R.P O.
1994 John D. Arn Corgi Times Elizabethan II
1993 Ralph Trimble Newsletter Canadian Re-entry
1992 Jack C. Arnell Newsletter Transatlantic Mail
1991 Kenneth V. Ellison Newsletter Canadian Military Mail
1990 Daniel G. Rosenblat Slogan Box Slogan
1989 Ralph Trimble Newsletter Canadian Re-entry

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