Linda Trudeau, administrative assistant
to the Port of Montreal's vice-president
of operations, was one of the many
La Festa Italiana benefits sailors
The Port of Montreal participated in the annual Festa Italiana, a luncheon that benefits Mariners’ House of Montreal, on August 20. More than 500 people, mainly from the maritime transportation industry, attended the event, held at the Iberville Passenger Terminal. They enjoyed a very reasonably priced Italian feast prepared by Le Muscadin restaurant.
The event raised $63,000 for Mariners’ House, an organization that provides services to sailors during their stopovers in Montreal. These sailors, who spend many months away from their families, find a warm welcome and religious support (many mariners come from very religious countries, such as the Philippines) at Mariners’ House. They can also pick up practical items such as warm clothes in winter (some misinformed mariners arrive in Montreal in February wearing sandals) and personal care products. Mariners’ House offers sailors Internet connections, games such as billiards and table tennis, television, books and magazines. Carolyn Osborne and her small team are always happy to receive items from Good Samaritans. They also rely on a small army of volunteers. For further information:
MIB: marine transportation information for one and all
The St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) launched its Maritime Information Bureau in July. MIB is THE one-stop shop for details on Quebec’s maritime transportation industry. It provides a wealth of information to industry representatives, the media, and all those interested in marine activities. www.st-laurent.org/bim/en
Association of Canadian Port Authorities Conference in Montreal
The Port of Montreal hosted the Association of Canadian Port Authorities Annual Conference from September 29 to October 1. Among the subjects on the agenda was the use of creativity to enhance Canada’s maritime transportation industry while respecting society and the environment. Read the ACPA press release
A successful Port in the City Day
Some 2,700 Montrealers – the vast majority of whom were neighbours of the Port of Montreal – boarded the Cavalier Maxim on September 12 for a one-hour cruise on the St. Lawrence River. They sailed alongside port facilities all the way to Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive to learn about port activities as seen from the water. Passengers appreciated this free event, held annually by the Port of Montreal. It allows Port representatives to meet and talk with residents who live near the Port and familiarize them with port activity. Read the press release.