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.
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:
Apply for 1 of 2 $1,000 ISSC Bursaries created in honour of long serving past director Sue Hanby. The bursary is open to students enrolled in marine-related studies, with preference given to those preparing for a sea-going career.
Best of luck to all applicants!
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 11, 2018.
The ISSC 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.
To apply, submit the completed Grant Application to our offices before the deadline: May 11, 2018.
The ISSC is proud to introduce the deserving winners of the International Sailors' Society of Canada Bursaries in 2017!
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 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.