Now accepting bursary applications

We are now accepting applications for the ISSC Maritime Bursary created in honour of long serving director and corporate secretary Sue Hanby.  Two bursaries of $1000 each are available for this year.  The bursary is open to students who are enrolling 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 2016 Bursary, applications must be received by the ISSC secretariat no later than December 31, 2016.

Our fall newsletter

Read our newsletter which provides an update on our Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Award recipient, a recap of the Three Peaks Challenge from the participants, and coverage of our wet but successful Day of the Seafarer event held on June 24, 2016.  Download.

Help support our 2016 team in the UK Three Peaks Challenge


This year representatives of the Canadian marine community in support of the International Sailors' Society Canada (ISSC) will join teams to climb three peaks in the United Kingdom within 24 hours in an effort to raise awareness and funds in support of seafarer centres around the world.

3peaks2ISSC's team is the only team from Canada participating in this challenge and rest assured that all fundraising proceeds for ISSC's team will remain in Canada and benefit centres in Canada.  The directors participating in this year's challenge are:


From left to right: 

  • Yoss Leclerc, Vice President and Chief of Maritime Operations, Port of Quebec
  • Yvette Myers, Regional Director, Marine Safety and Security Transport Canada - Pacific Region
  • Kevin Obermeyer, President & CEO, Pacific Pilotage Authority

The team will arrive in London, England for the event starting on Friday, June 17th.  On Saturday our team will begin the challenge at the foot of Ben Nevis (4406ft) in Scotland. After Ben Nevis the team will move on to Helvellyn (3117ft) in England to complete the night climb, and finish the last peak after they descend Snowdon (3560ft) in Wales the following day.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 to help give seafarer centres across Canada a little boost in 2016.   Help support our team - corporate sponsorships are available and will be given recognition on team gear as they traverse the three mountains.  Other recognition will be provided through our website and future publications. 


Donate via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button below or complete our Sponsorship Form.

2016 Peter G. Bernard Volunteer Award


The ISSC Board of Directors established the ‚ÄúPeter 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 13, 2016.   

To send in your vote for volunteer of the year, complete our ISSC Nomination Form.

Count down to our 2019 Peak Challenge