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Day of the Seafarer

25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.


The Mission to Seafarers Halifax joints the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the yearly observance of the Day of the Seafarer. This international campaign of IMO pays tribute to over 1.5 million seafarers worldwide for their unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of people and economies participating and benefitting from international trade.

For several years, we are joined in our celebration by the Filipino-Canadian friends of the Mission who prepared Filipino food treats. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Tim Horton’s donuts were delivered to ships or given to seafarers who come to the Mission on shore leave.

International Seafarers Day 2022

Together with our Filipino-Canadian friends, a luncheon was hosted on 25 June 2022 at the Mission centre. With mostly Filipino dishes prepared by our Fil-Can friends, packed lunches were sold to patrons and guests and funds raised were donated to the Mission. Seafarers who visited the Mission were treated to free lunch.