2019 Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge

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Registration is now open for our 2019 Peak Challenge.  Sign up today to guarantee a spot in our third annual hike up the Grouse Grind® on Tuesday, June 25th starting from 4pm or earlier if necessary.  Entries can be for teams of three or done individually.  Our annual event is in recognition of the International Day of the Seafarer.  Come out challenge yourself on nature's outdoor stairclimber and/or join us afterward for dinner in the lodge at 6:30pm at the top of Grouse Mountain.  To register, download the registration form here and email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Nominate a Volunteer for the 2019 Peter Bernard Award

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The ISSC Board of Directors established the “Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Recognition Award" in 2015 to recognize Peter's (pictured above) 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 the next nomination is May 10, 2019.

To send in your vote for volunteer of the year, complete our ISSC Nomination Form. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Apply for the 2019 ISSC Bursary

The 2018 Bursary application process has been closed and those winners will be announced shortly. We are now accepting applications for the ISSC Maritime Bursary 2019 created in honour of long serving director and corporate secretary Sue Hanby.  The bursary is open to students who are enrolled in marine related studies with a recognized educational institution, however, please note that preference will be given to students that are preparing for a sea-going career.

To apply for an ISSC Maritime Bursary, complete the Bursary Application Form and return it to our offices by mail to our offices or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To qualify for the 2019 Bursary, applications must be received by the ISSC secretariat no later than July 26th, 2019. 

Accepting Applications for 2019 Grants

The International Sailors' Society Canada 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.  The deadline for applications is May 10, 2019. 

To apply, submit the completed Grant Application Form to our offices before the deadline.

2018 Day of the Seafarer Activities

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The 2018 Peak Challenge in celebration of Day of the Seafarer on june 25th was another success with 50 participants making their way to the top of Grouse Mountain.  This year's fastest individual with a time of 37 minutes was Drew Hemmingson of the Tymac Titans. The fastest team went to Easier Said than Run from Teekay Shipping with an amazing combined time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.  The Teekay team was comprised of Chris Cooper (43 mins), Jennifer Kerr (51 min) and Sean Hennessey (40 mins).  Great to see some new teams out this year and those that came back, who say better finishing times than the previous year. Congratulations to all of our participants for taking on the challenge!  Photos and times can be viewed on our results page

Also celebrating Day of the Seafarer was the Prince Rupert Port Authority that held a similar hike in Prince Rupert starting at Atlin Terminal followed by a barbecque at the local seafarer's centre.  Over 40 employees, volunteers and seafarers participated in the Day of the Seafarer event organized by the port authority. What a great way to bring awareness to shipping and the seafarers that make it all possible. 

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The 2018 Day of the Seafarer campaign also has a positive message: seafarers are invited to share what a “#GoodDayatSea ” looks like and to enter the IMO/ International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) photo competition, which is sponsored by The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). View some of the entries here

Day of the Seafarer 2018:

Count down to our 2019 Peak Challenge