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 “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 13, 2016.   

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

Day of the Seafarer - June 25, 2016


On Friday, June 24th Canadians are invited to join the International Maritime Organization in celebrating its sixth Day of the Seafarer.  The International Sailors Society Canada is hosting a barbeque at noon on the patio located outside the Chamber of Shipping offices at 1111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC and is rallying members of industry to join in the celebrations to recognize seafarers and their important contribution to our maritime sector.  To show your support,  purchase a button from the ISSC secretariat for $25.  This includes your entrance to the event which includes a BBQ lunch. A button order form is attached.

For more information contact Mariam Riad 604-681-2351 or purchase your buttons using the order form.

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Accepting Applications for 2016 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 13, 2016.  

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


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