What We Do

Whether caring for victims of piracy, providing a lifeline to seafarers stranded in foreign ports, or simply providing a space to relax and a listening ear, the Mission is on hand night and day to support the world’s 1.5 million seafarers.

Chaplaincy

Our ship-visiting chaplains visit ships arriving in our ports to provide a friendly welcome and offer help, support and advice.

Hospitality and Communication

Our Mission Centres in Hamilton and Toronto offer hospitality, the opportunity to connect with family back home through internet and phone facilities and the chance to spend time away from the ship.

Justice and Welfare Services

We provide justice and welfare services when a seafarer has not been paid, is working in substandard conditions, being bullied or has been a victim of wrongful arrest. Our staff can intervene and put them in touch with professional support and legal advice through local expertise and contacts.

Experienced Counsellors

Seafarers face harsh working conditions, tensions between crew members and isolation from friends and family. These can take their toll on seafarers, leading to depression, anxiety and loneliness. Our chaplains are experienced counsellors, on hand to listen and offer sympathy and advice.

Our chaplains are trained to recognize and respond to signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. In the aftermath of pirate attack, shipwreck or industrial disaster they offer a caring response in the midst of post-event interrogation and bureaucracy.

Transportation

The ports are located in industrial areas far away from shops and amenities. We provide tra­­nsport so that seafarers can make the most of their brief time ashore.

Advocacy

We also work to uphold seafarers’ rights and ensure justice, fair pay and good working conditions at sea. We are in constant dialogue with the shipping industry, governments and regulatory bodies.

Interfaith Ministry

The Mission to Seafarers is a worldwide society of the Anglican church. Our chaplains provide Christian services, spiritual support and opportunities for prayer and quiet reflection. We serve seafarers of all beliefs and work in partnership with other faith groups to meet their spiritual needs, whatever they may be.

About The Mission to Seafarers (International)

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

The Mission to Seafarers works in over 260 ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services. In over 100 ports our Flying Angel centres provide a ‘home away from home’ for seafarers who may have been at sea for up to two years. Here they can enjoy time away from their ship and use internet and phone facilities to get in touch with loved ones after months away.

In an emergency, the Mission to Seafarers is often the only help on offer. No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. Our chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a time of crisis. The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.

Our Board of Directors


Captain Jim Pound, President

Jim Pound was the Vice President of Operations for Algoma Central Corporation until his recent retirement on April 25, 2014. Captain Pound was responsible for providing direction, guidance and leadership to the operations group for fleet management related to safety and environmental standards and operational efficiencies. Captain Pound oversaw the domestic tanker and dry bulk fleets with a focus on developing continual improvement strategies to meet the goal of Operations Excellence in all aspects of vessel operations.

Captain Pound started with Algoma in 1980 as 3rd Officer on the Agawa Canyon. He was promoted to Captain in 1984. In 1994 he accepted a shore side position as a Deck Superintendent. In 2004 he was working as Director, Operations when Algoma Central Marine and Upper Lakes Shipping merged their operations departments under Seaway Marine Transport (SMT). With the purchase of SMT in 2011 he was appointed to Vice President, Operations.

Captain Pound has been active in industry groups with particular interest in electronic navigation systems and the advancement of navigation safety. He has represented the marine industry as co-chair on a number of committees dealing with new technologies. He is Past President of The Marine Club.

Captain Pound is a graduate of Georgian College’s Marine Navigation Technology program.

Duncan Harvie, Director

Starting as a volunteer over a decade ago Duncan assisted the Mission to Seafarers Toronto get into the communications age by providing computer equipment and training to the staff in the use of email and the Internet. Asked to join the Board in 2003 and becoming its chair in 2011 he was instrumental in achieving the recent merger of the two Missions of Hamilton and Toronto into the new MTSSO.

Duncan is also an award winning architect with over twenty five years’ experience in the architectural, urban design and planning fields. Holding progressively more senior positions in firms in the Middle East, London England and Toronto, and as Principal in his own firm, he also consults to other complex projects. He has a wide body of experience with built work in the commercial, institutional and high-rise residential fields as well as project planning and design work in the recreational sector. Duncan also teaches in college, part-time at the graduate level.

His volunteer work has included the Planning and Development Cttee of the Board of Trade, volunteer building projects for camps for the United Church of Canada & the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, work with the Bereaved Families of Ontario and others. He lives in Toronto with his wife Jacqueline, Finance Director for Medecins sans Frontieres Canada.

   

Tim Huxley, Director

Tim Huxley is a director of the Mission to Seafarers, Southern Ontario and is a former director and co- chair of the Mission to Seafarers, Hamilton before its amalgamation with the Mission to Seafarers, Toronto. He is also a former chair of the Diocese of Niagara's Financial Advisory Committee and a former member of the diocese's synod. He is also a lawyer and a retired former executive of Stelco Inc.

  

(The Very Rev.) Peter Wall, Director

The Very Rev. Peter Wall is an appointee to the MTSSO Board by the Bishop of Niagara. Wall is the Dean of Niagara and Rector of Christ’s Church Cathedral in downtown Hamilton. Dean Wall has been involved with the mission for several years, and highly values the work which the Mission does in Southern Ontario.

Peter is very active in national and international church matters, serving on the Council of General Synod, the national Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, the Liturgy Task Force, and as Co-Chair of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission for Canada. Currently he is also serving as the Canadian Church’s representative to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, USA.

In his ‘spare’ time, Peter loves to sing, which he has done for most of his life, and is a member of The Three Cantors, a group of three priests who sing concerts across North America, raising money for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

 

Sharon Clark, Director

Andrew McDonald, Director

Cindy Nebbs, Director

Paul O'Reilly, Director

Dave Robinson, Director

Brett Walker, Director