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June 25 is known as the International Day of the Seafarer in which focus is given to the seafarers acknowledging the essential role they have in keeping the world supplied and moving.

They do so to support their families and face the challenges of the job in doing so.

It is why the welfare organizations such as the Mission to Seafarers are there to assist them and advocate for better working conditions contributing to their spiritual,mental and physical well being.

We acknowledge the support of the ILWU 400 in providing funds to purchase many pizzas to bring to the ships in port in Vancouver to show our appreciation, to Nathan Smith ITF (International Transport Federation) for accompanying us on our visits and to our photographer the Diocesan Communications Officer from the Diocese of New Westminster Randy Murray for taking the pictures.

Lastly but certainly not least thank you to parishes, individuals and Bishop Stephens for supporting the seafarers by supporting the Mission's work.

We can't do it without you.

Peter Smyth

Senior Port Chaplain

Mission to Seafarers

Vancouver, BC

Here's a link to a Facebook photo album on the diocesan page - Anglican Conversation