Much has changed since Judith gave the Shellback Club her last update in 2016. The Mission to Seafarers is expanding across Canada, and Judith is central to its expansion.
The Mission to Seafarers provides contact and connection to seafarers in ports around the world; a critical service that has no counterpart.
Internationally, the Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.
The Canadian Mission to Seafarers extends that work across Canada.
The Mission is active in Southern Ontario: http://www.mtsso.org/.
About Judith Alltree
Judith Alltree has had three careers: first as a travel agent, then as a music agent, and now as God’s agent. She’s been in sales her entire life!
Judith was born and raised in Vancouver but has lived most of her life in Toronto. A graduate of U of T in 1990 with a Bachelors’ Degree, majoring in Political Science, and in 2003 from Wycliffe College Seminary with a Masters Degree in Divinity, Judith was ordained as deacon and priest in the Anglican Church the same year. She was in parish ministry for the next 9 years, as both curate in St. Andrew’s Scarborough for 2 years and Incumbent of The Church of the Holy Spirit in Mississauga for 7 years.
Judith left parish ministry in 2012 with no fixed plans but within four months she found herself at the Mission to Seafarers, and six months later was appointed interim-Executive Director during the process of amalgamation with the Hamilton Mission to Seafarers. In January, 2014, she was appointed Executive Director of the newly amalgamated Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario. In June, 2017, that new mission expanded with the opening of the Terry Finlay Seafarers Center in Oshawa, named for our former liaison bishop. In October, 2019, Judith was appointed Regional Director of the newly incorporated Mission to Seafarers Canada, which includes stations in Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Sarnia/Lake St. Clair, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto, Oshawa, Saint John and Halifax. We hope to add to that number during the next few years with Mission stations in ports on both coasts.
The granddaughter of a Master Mariner in the Merchant Service, Judith is an honourary member of the Great Lakes Division of the Master Mariners Association, and sits on the board of directors for the Marine Club as Chaplain. She is also the official Port Chaplain for the ports of Toronto and Oshawa, and senior Port Chaplain for Hamilton. In her abundant spare time, Judith enjoys photography, making jewelry, reading real books with pages, music, theatre and films, and travelling especially when it involves places of historical interest. However, it is her work with the Mission to Seafarers has been the highlight of all three careers - never a job, always a joy.
“D”, as he is called, was nominated as Sailor of the Year for his off-shore races, his boat deliveries and, after he was caught in a house fire, his amazing recovery and return to sailing.
D's talk to the Shellbacks interweaves his extensive lake and offshore racing and boat delivery experience, as well as his contributions to disabled sailing and other sailing ventures with his personal experiences in life. The pattern of his adventures is one of highs and lows; just when everything seems to fall into place, a reversal resets everything. D has chosen this life, and lives it with gusto.
About D Mitchele
D is one of Canada’s most experienced offshore bowmen.
Over the years he’s competed in races including the Transpac, Marblehead to Halifax, Newport Bermuda and LA To Cabo San Lucas to name a few. He’s also done thousands of miles of offshore deliveries and crossed the Pacific twice.
Not only has he represented Canada at a number of prestigious offshore events, he has given numerous Canadians the chance to join him for races and deliveries and experience offshore sailing first hand. In his fifties, he still does bow on boats as big as eighty feet.
Three years ago, D was caught in a house fire. He ended up in intensive care in a coma with third degree burns to a third of his body. That night, the hospital staff told D’s family that they should consider saying goodbye as it wasn’t certain that he would make it through the night. But he pulled through and a few weeks later, they brought him out of the induced coma.
The doctors told him that he would not walk for a year. D set about learning to walk again and set his goal as the Newport Bermuda Race nine months later. Three months after the fire, he ran a mile. Three months after that he completed a twelve-hundred mile delivery aboard a sixty-footer with two other sailors. Nine months after the fire that almost ended his life, he realized his goal and competed in the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race as bowman on a vintage Volvo sixty.
Looking for a change and a chance to put the fire behind him, D set off for the Philippines where he was looking after a fifty-five foot catamaran owned by a friend that was in Spain at the time.
Sadly, in September 2015, the marina where D was living was overrun by Abu Sayyaf terrorists and four people, three of them Canadian, were kidnapped. Two were since beheaded. Unarmed and looking out the window at eleven gunmen brandishing AK 47’s, D kept his head down. After the kidnapping, D readied the boat for a six hundred mile, double-handed sail to Palau. The first hundred miles through the southern Philippines were tense as there was a significant pirate threat in the area. He made it safely to Palau where he spent a couple months leading sailing and shark diving expeditions before returning to Canada.
I am a disabled Canadian sailor. D has been a friend and companion sailor for more than ten years. You’ll see him two or three days a week at the Queens Quay Disabled Sailing Centre in Toronto where he volunteers and shares his love of sailing with Canadians living with disabilities. At his own expense, D has travelled to multiple national Mobility Cup events as a volunteer.
For all he’s been through over the years, D has always found time to serve as a companion sailor and coach to disabled sailors. As we sail out together, D often looks back and comments on how happy it makes him to see a dock full of empty wheelchairs. You see, to D, we’re not disabled, we’re just his sailing buddies.
- Biography provided by Kevin Rogers
The Shellbacks headed up to Peterborough to the Canadian Canoe Museum. It's got a fantastic collection of canoes, ranging back to some of the earliest Canadian canoes in existence. Thanks to Dianne Leggatt for organizing the trip.
After visiting the Canoe Museum, many Shellbacks went for lunch at the Ashburnam Ale House.
Peterborough is home to, among other things, the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It's the world's highest hydraulic lift lock, and, completed in 1904, one of the world's most interesting examples of engineering. It's been in continual use since then. As it was about a one minute drive from the ale house, I took a look and saw a canoe tour from the Canoe Museum catching a lift, as shown in this time lapse.
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Paul Henderson took the Shellback Club through an entertaining personal history of his early sailing career sailing Sabot prams around Toronto Island, through his Olympic sailing and time in international sailing management (CYA, IYRU, ISAF Olympic Committee), and up to the present; including giving his views on the current selections of boats and events in upcoming Olympics. Paul's view is that Olympic sailing has headed too far into quirky sailing events in proprietary classes of boats and other sailing craft, and is taking the sport far away from what really distinguishes sailors on the race course: athleticism, handling strong winds, competition, and wind sense.
Also through Paul's talk were many references to his fascinating interactions with other sailing luminaries, Olympians, royalty, and celebrities.
Paul's pivotal role in sailing in Canada over decades has vastly improved sailing in Canada.
About Paul Henderson
Paul comes to Shellbacks with a huge background – far more than his ‘simple plumber’ status. It's not possible cover everything in this short bio, but here is a sketch of his achievements.
Paul graduated from the University of Toronto in Engineering and Business. He is a Master Plumber, Master Heating Installer, and Master Gas Fitter. He is retired as Owner and CEO of R.G. & Son Ltd. Mechanical Contractors. His company is known to be one of the most advanced and valuable service companies in its sector.
Most of us know Paul as an Honourary Life Member of the RCYC – a singular honour. He has held many positions in the sailing world, including being a member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the International Sailing Federation, and President/CEO for the Toronto 1996 Olympic Bid. He has been a Technical Delegate for Sailing in four Olympic Games, five Pan Am Games, and was ISAF President for Sydney & Athens.
His own sailing career has included being a member of the Canadian Olympic team for four Olympic Games. He was Canadian National Champion seven times, USA National Champion four times, and Champion in Bermuda, Holland, and North America. And more recently, Paul placed third in the 2017 Shark Worlds.
He has held various positions from President to Member and Founding Member in various organizations including the Toronto Racquet Club, Harbourfront Disabled Sailing Association, the Water Rat Sailing Club, and the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation.
Paul was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. However, this bio is a sketch; many other achievements have been omitted.
Ron Greiner led the Shellback Club in a rousing version of a shanty by Alexander Graham Bell. The lyrics are Bell's, and although it seems the musical score might be lost to history, Ron Greiner has composed musical accompaniment. His excellent operatic voice was the icing on the cake.
Aubrey & Judith Millard were back in town to regale the Shellback Club with another part of their Living the Dream series, this time Part 2 Caribbean Cruising – Cuba to Grenada.
Some of us never cruise, some spend weeks or months cruising; Aubrey and Judith Millard have been cruising non-stop for 21 years and counting. Along the way they have accumulated many fascinating stories, tidbits of advice, and beautiful photos.
This time the Millards talked about most of the idyllic Caribbean islands from Cuba and Jamaica, all of the Eastern Caribbean islands from Antigua to Grenada, down to Trinidad and Venezuela. They covered the colourful Carnival in Grenada and race week in Bequia, as well as the primitive tribes encountered in the Monamo River of Venezuela.
A detailed blog of their cruising can be found here: http://www.veledaiv.ca/author/aubrey/.
About Aubrey and Judith Millard
Aubrey is a retired teacher and navy officer, and Judy a retired dentist. Aubrey got his navigation experience with his watch keeping certificate with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also a Clearance Diving officer. Aubrey is a past Commodore of the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club. Judy got her navigation experience with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons from which she has a full certificate, meaning she has completed every course offered by the squadron. She has also been an instructor for the Toronto squadron for many years before setting off in 1998.
They have been full time live-aboards on their Ontario 32, Veleda IV since 1998. Veleda has been back only once in those past 21 years. The past few years they have been cruising the west coast from B.C. to Alaska, before sailing down to the Baja and the Sea of Cortes last fall. Veleda is currently on a mooring in Bahia del Sol in El Salvador for the summer. In the fall they will sail 500 miles straight down to Panama, then going through the Panama Canal and back into the Caribbean for a few more years.
Captain Jim Pound joined the Shellbacks to share his Adventures on the Nile. His trip focused on the Nile and sights along its route.
Jim and his wife woke after a night at the Mena Hotel to the sight of the great pyramids at Giza,
The Cataract Hotel at Aswan hosted Jim on his travels, and, back in the day, Agatha Christie.
About Captain Jim Pound
Captain Pound started his seagoing career in 1977 as a deck hand. In 1978, he enrolled in Georgian College’s Marine Navigation Program, graduating in 1981. Starting as a 3rd officer with Algoma Central Marine in 1980, Captain Pound was promoted in 1984 to Captain of the Steamer E. B. Barber, a self-unloading vessel in the Algoma fleet. Over the next ten years, Captain Pound sailed as Captain on various vessels within the Algoma fleet.
In 1994, he accepted a shore side position as a Deck Superintendent with Algoma. In 2004, he was working as Director, Operations when Algoma Central Marine and Upper Lakes Shipping merged their operations departments under Seaway Marine Transport (SMT). Captain Pound continued as Director, Operations for SMT until his retirement on December 1st, 2009.
In February 2011, Captain Pound came out of retirement to assume the position of Vice-President of Operations for Algoma Central Corporation after Algoma purchased Upper Lakes Group’s interest in Seaway Marine Transport.
Retiring again in 2014 he accepted an appointment to the Board of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority in 2015, a federal crown corporation that oversees navigation safety on the Great Lakes; a position he currently holds. Captain Pound is also President of the Board of the Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario.
Avid travellers, Captain Pound and his wife Monica have had the good fortune to see many parts of the world whether on ship, bus, train, car or foot. His trip to Egypt in 2017 was one such trip that brought all the history classes in school to life.
Danielle Doggett returned to Shellback Club after a year to update the Shellbacks on progess in the construction of Ceiba, a new schooner built literally from the ground up. Ceiba will be a 100% ecologically sustainable vessel, powered solely using the wind and a 100 percent electric engine. The electric engine will supply all of the ship's electrical energy, functioning as both a propulsion system in light wind and as a generator whilst sailing. The engine will be combined with modern batteries and solar panels so that all auxiliary power is renewably sourced.
Ceiba is now at the point where the keel is laid and the ribs are starting to be fitted -- three pairs were in place at the time of Danielle's visit.
Danielle was able to answer the most minute questions on the woods, construction methods, and overall project plan and timelines. Fundraising for the project is effected through donations in kind and the sale of shares in the project, which will on completion of construction become financially self-sufficient, carrying product from Costa Rica north, and from British Columbia south. Paying passengers will add to revenues.
A good update can be found at: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ceiba-schooner-s-keel-has-been-laid.
Full details on the progress of the project, its timelines, and investment opportunities, are available at http://www.sailcargo.org/vessel.
The Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO) along with Martha Henderson visited the Shellback Club and filled on members on DSAO's activities, history, and meaning to disabled sailors.
The DSAO in Toronto operates out of a location at Reese Street in Toronto's harbourfront, using a fleet of Martin 16s.
Further information on the DSAO can be found at: https://disabledsailingontario.com/.
About Rick Waters
Rick is a seasoned professional with over 27 years of business development experience. His primary focus now is on accessibility solutions, including home healthcare products, built environments, and accessible customer service.
Rick has over 40 years of experience as a person living with a disability and remains active in para-sports including sailing and boccia*. Board experience includes the DSAO and co-operative housing corporations.
*Boccia (/ˈbɒtʃə/ BOTCH-ə) is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce, and related to bowls and pétanque. The name "boccia" is derived from the Latin word for "boss" – bottia. The sport is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with severe physical disabilities. It was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with other severe disabilities affecting motor skills. In 1984, it became a Paralympic sport, and in 2008 was being practised in over fifty countries worldwide. Boccia is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) and is one of only two Paralympic sports (along with goalball) that have no counterpart in the Olympic program.
About Steven Franczuz
Steve is a retired engineer who started working as an apprentice electrician / instrument mechanic for Ontario Hydro. With further education and experience, Steven finished his career as an engineer at Ontario’s Independent Electricity Operator.
During his employment with Ontario Hydro, he consulted with persons with disability across Ontario as part of his work on the committee that produced the Ontario Hydro “Guide to Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in the Workplace”. He also worked with CUPE Ontario to provide a similar guide for their members. Steven delivered disability awareness training, including a disability simulation exercise to organizations across the province.
As a past volunteer with DSAO, he produced a replacement joystick controller for tiller/windlass operation at a fraction of the cost quoted by the original supplier. Steven also organized DSAO’s participation in the ABYC regatta and wrote the DSAO “Courage” document.
Steven is a volunteer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab and works in the areas of Grade 1 integrated education, therapy and mobility to help students prepare to be integrated into the public school system. He participates in fundraising and volunteer recruitment; he is featured in a volunteer recruitment video on Holland Bloorview’s volunteer webpage. Steven also volunteers with the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Able Sail Committee and does fundraising with the Hamilton Port Authority, Sunrise Rotary, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Boston Pizza, and others. Steven loves sailing and participates in race nights at RHYC Able Sail and DSAO.
About Jo Morgan Dakin
Jo started sailing at the age of 10 where she spent her summers on Toronto Bay learning to sail and race dinghies. She then moved on to the big boats in and around Ontario. While doing her post-secondary education, Jo spent 10 summers teaching sailing in Ontario and British Columbia. She worked as an instructor at both the Ontario and British Columbia Sailing Associations, the Royal Vancouver and Royal Canadian Yacht Clubs and the Boulevard Club. She was also the Director of Sailing for the YMCA camp.
Jo attended Seneca College and graduated from Law Enforcement. She then went to the University of Toronto and has an Honours degree in Sociology and Criminology. Jo has served on four different boards in the past; two were sailing boards, one for soccer, and the other work-related. She has worked for the Ontario Sailing Association as the Director of Communications. Presently, Jo has her own company and is a Recruiter within the Food, Beverage, CPG, and Cannabis sector. She has 3 grown sons who also continue to sail and race today.
About Martha Henderson
Martha Henderson is currently on the Board of the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO) as a Director at Large; she works on the fundraising and community relations portfolios. Martha has been on the Board of Heritage Toronto, Sail Canada, and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
Her professional background is in sports & promotional marketing for companies such as International Management Group. In the not-for-profit sector she has been the Head of Membership and Group Sales at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Martha has worked in sports in the areas of sponsorship, athlete management and on the charitable side.
Additionally, she is a 2008 Olympian in the Women’s Keelboat Class. She has sailed in the J/24, Albacore, Snipe, and Yngling (an "agreeable cross between a planing dinghy and a keelboat") classes as well as in Match Racing. She was the 2008 Ontario Female Sailor of the Year and is currently the co-owner of a Shark; she finished 3rd at the 2017 Shark Worlds.
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