The ISSC 2020 Bursary Award has been presented to Gurkirat Mangat, a student entering his second year as a Nautical Sciences cadet at BCIT Marine Campus.
He is a competitive rower who competes at regional and provincial level and is a keen member of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Army Cadets having attained the rank of Master Warrant Officer and actively participating in ceremonial military events and fund raisers.
During his first sea phase he had a placement onboard the ice class Canadian ship M.V. Arctic which is active in supplying northern communities. During this sea phase he made two voyages to the Arctic including visits to Deception Bay and the opportunity to navigate through ice.
His goal is to obtain his Master Mariner certification and to serve on deep sea ships.
The ISSC is glad to be able to provide financial assistance to Gurkirat in achieving his goals and we look forward to hearing about his journey towards his Master Mariner certificate.