2017 Bursary Winners

The ISSC is proud to introduce the deserving winners of the International Sailors' Society of Canada Bursaries in 2017!  


Rhianna Henderson


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 Mannings

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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. 


Prince Rupert Ministries sends out September Newsletter


The Lighthouse Harbour Ministries in Prince Rupert have put together a recent newsletter, including pictures from their events held on the International Day of the Seafarer. 

Read the newsletter here: Prince Rupert Newsletter

Results of our inaugural Peak Challenge

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.

2017 Peter G. Bernard Award Recipients

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.  

Sign up for the Peak Challenge 2017

Grouse Grind

The International Sailors Society Canada is holding an industry Peak Challenge in North Vancouver on Thursday, June 29th on the Grouse Grind® at 1500 hrs.

We encourage companies to put together a team of three to compete in this inaugural event in  celebration of Day of the Seafarer.  This event is about building awareness and reminding us all that #SeafarersMatter.  The ISSC provides annual grants to seafarer centres across Canada and we encourage teams and individual climbers to help by collecting pledges in support of the challenge. Tax receipts will be provided for all donations over $25.

Please note that as this is a trial year, the number of teams will be limited so register early to avoid disappointment.  If you don’t have a team, we invite you to join us at the top of Grouse Mountain for our awards ceremony and barbecue. Complete the registration form.  All teams and completion times will be listed on this website. 

We hope you can join us and thank you for your continued support! 


Count down to our 2019 Peak Challenge