The International Sailors Society of Canada (ISSC) and the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) marked the Day of the Seafarer on Monday with outdoor hiking events. The ISSC held its second annual Peak Challenge where individuals and company teams race to the top of Grouse Mountain while the Prince Rupert Port Authority organized a hike that ended at the local seafarer centre and invited visiting seafarers to join in the barbeque. Funds raised from these two events will be distributed by the ISSC to seafarer centres across Canada. Drew Hemmingson of Tymac Launch was the fastest individual up the Grouse Grind© at 37 minutes and a team of comprised of Chris Cooper, Jennifer Kerr and Sean Hennessey from Teekay was fastest team with a combined time of 2hrs 14 mins. Photos and results are available at www.sailorssociety.ca.
This year's International Maritime Organization's Day of the Seafarer campaign focussed on seafarers' well-being and mental health. The Minister of Transport Canada, the Honourable Marc Garneau, released the following statement, "Today we honour the hard work of seafarers, often under difficult circumstances, that plays a critical role in the global economy. I know firsthand that the life of a seafarer can be challenging and I am pleased to see the International Maritime Organization is highlighting well-being and mental health for this year’s Day of the Seafarer.”