Mercy Ships Canada
Mercy Ships Canada legally incorporated as a society under the Societies Act of British Columbia in Victoria in 1989, but didn’t open a physical office until nine years later when Suzanne Sellers relocated from the International Operations Center in Texas to establish a Mercy Ships presence in Calgary, Alberta.
After a challenging start, the Canadian Board moved the office to Victoria, BC where a solid base of support already existed because of previous extended shipyard and drydock work on the Anastasis in 1985 and 1986.
Two visits of the Caribbean Mercy in 1999 and 2000 helped put Mercy Ships on the map locally and nationally, bringing increases in staff, volunteers, board members, donors, active recruits, alumni, and media attention locally and nationally. The ship's visit in 2003 to the east coast continued to solidify the national and international scope of Mercy Ships.
Following Suzanne’s resignation, Lorraine and Richard McDonald left their Anastasis home of 15 years, with Lorraine taking on the role of National Director and Richard continuing to build the HIV/AIDS awareness program that he had started onboard. October 2003 saw the first-ever Gala Dinner/Auction with Lord Ian McColl as keynote speaker. Further events included a Medical evening with Dr. Gary Parker and Dr. Andrew Clark; another successful Gala at the famous Empress Hotel in the spring of 2005; and a unique Guinness world-record-breaking golf event in Ontario.
At the beginning of 2009, the board appointed Tim Maloney as the new National Director.
“I see that our work is threefold at present,” says Tim. “We need to raise awareness, recruit even more Canadians to be involved, and fundraise. All of these are part of that sense of delivering God’s love through the activities, programs and people of Mercy Ships. Our desire is to see our Canadian office become a nationally recognized and supported charity that fulfills the mandate to serve the forgotten poor.”
In May 2009, the office relocated to its current location at #5 -3315 Oak St., Victoria.
The Canadian office is part of a global network of land-based national offices whose mandate is to support the mission of Mercy Ships International. Our charitable number is 89064-8249-RR0001.
Unit 5 - 3318 Oak St., Victoria, BC, Canada V8X 1R1
Toll-free: 1-866-900-7447; Local: 250-381-2160; Fax 250-381-2170