2019 Peak Challenge Completed

Calabrese  TKChamps

On June 25th, the International Day of the Seafarer, the ISSC held it's third annual Peak Challenge on the Grouse Grind®, a 2.9 kilometre challenging climb up to the top of Grouse Mountain.  This year's participation far exceeded the first two years with 34 teams of three registered to join in the challenge and evening celebration.  It is expected that over $10,000 was raised through team registrations and sponsorships - these proceeds will be added to our grant program that support seafarer centres across Canada (this year ISSC distributed $51,000).

Taking the top prizes at this event were Mark Calabrese (pictured left) from Island Tug and Barge with the fastest time up at 38 minutes 57 seconds and fastest team went once again to Teekay Shipping.  TK Champions finished with a combined time of 2 hours 9 minutes - congratulations to team members Adam Rawski, Chris Cooper, and Kate Ferguson.

Many thanks to the shipping community for their show of support.  This year's Day of the Seafarer theme was to gain support for gender equality in seafaring, and many clearly indicated #IamOnBoard.

To see the list of completion times and photos, visit the Peak Challenge section under News and Events. 

Pictons selected for Volunteer Award

This year’s ISSC Volunteer Award was determined by reviewing a total of three nominations from across Canada.  As you are likely aware, the Peter G. Bernard, Q.C. Volunteer Recognition Award was established to recognize volunteers that go the extra mile in helping to provide a warm and hospitable welcome to seafarers visiting Canadian ports.  The ISSC committee that reviews the nominations was impressed by all three candidates this year and found it especially helpful when specific examples were given of how individuals provided a warm and hospitable welcome to seafarers along with how long they have been serving as a volunteer.  It was clear that all the volunteers nominated this year were contributing significantly to welfare of seafarers and they should all be congratulated and thanked for their fine service.

This year's Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Recognition Award goes to... Susan and Norman Picton for their work at the Mission to Seafarers in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Susan and Norman Picton epitomize the meaning of “giving back” to their community – volunteerism at it’s best!  When not leading community projects in St. Margaret’s Bay these incredibly productive volunteers are planning our next event.  These extraordinary volunteers have been with our Mission to Seafarers in Halifax for almost six years.  Anyone who visits our Mission on Friday mornings have witnessed first-hand the vim, vigor and vitality of this passionate team.  Norman is a retired business executive, (VP for CIMCO for 25 years), and is currently Chair of our Property Committee.  Instrumental in planning, transporting, buying supplies for the upkeep of our building as well as building, fixing and repairing, no task is too large for Norman.  Susan is a retired business manager who keeps us all on our toes with an abundance of team-oriented ideas and social activities to enhance the Mission’s volunteer environment.

2019 Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge


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


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.