The ISSC Board of Directors established the “Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Recognition Award" in 2015 to recognize Peter's contribution to the Society as a member of the ISSC Board from 1977 to 2014 (37 years). This annual award seeks to recognize others that generously contribute their time to support the welfare of seafarers. We are seeking nominations of volunteers who have shown an exemplary commitment to improving the welfare of seafarers in a Canadian port. Deadline for this year's nomination is May 11, 2018.
The ISSC is now accepting applications under our grant program. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance and provide details of operations in support of visiting seafarers in Canada.
To apply, submit the completed Grant Application to our offices before the deadline: May 11, 2018.
The ISSC is proud to introduce the deserving winners of the International Sailors' Society of Canada Bursaries in 2017!
A newly qualified Watchkeeping Mate who has been sailing and racing keelboats and dinghies since she was young. Rhianna hopes to earn her Master Mariner Certificate by 30 and become one of the first female pilots on the West Coast.
Jett is going into the third year of his cadet program. So far, he's worked on the Algoma Integrity, Discovery and Harvester. Before setting sail, Jett worked as a cabinetmaker and he looks forward to more exciting years at sea.
Our first ever Peak Challenge up the Grouse Grind® had 17 teams of three participate and the competition was friendly although participants competing to be the fastest team and/or fastest individual. The trophy winners for the 2017 Peak Challenge were:
FASTEST INDIVIDUAL: Keith Eriks of SST Salish TIME: 35:32
2nd Place: Drew Hemmingson Time: 39:15
3rd Place: Brook Walker Time: 42:52
FASTEST TEAM: SST Salish - Keith Eriks, Brook Walker, Greg Moore
TOTAL TIME: 2:26:28
2nd Place: Paladin Technologies Time: 2:33:42
3rd Place: Seaspan Marine Time: 2:43:55
Congratulations to all the participants for completing the challenge and hope to see you all at next year's challenge on June 28, 2018. To see all the results and photos from the event click here.
This year's Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Award was presented to both George and Grace Couperus who have been volunteers for The Ministry to Seafarers of the Christian Reform Church for over 20 years. George and Grace would move to Montreal from Trenton Ont for up to six months at a time to serve as the hospitality couple to the seafarers at the Mariners House of Montreal. They now continue to visit anywhere from 2 weeks to a month at a time.
In the words of their proposer – “Not only do they serve the seafarers with kindness and respect and with genuine care but they use their other talents to help where ever they can. Even now, although they are over 80 years old when they heard that we were without volunteers during our upcoming move to our new facility they have once again stepped up to help out. Dedicated, caring, hard working and dependable - George and Grace are a fine example of what it means to live a life of service.”
On behalf of the seafarers, thank you George and Grace.