Meet our volunteers

On board the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, over 400 volunteers from over 40 nations join together to make a difference for the poor in Africa.

Each year 100+ Canadians volunteer onboard. The Africa Mercy is home to over 400 short-term and long-term crew members who offer a wide range of skills: surgeons, teachers, nurses, engineers, cooks, photographers and more. Mercy Ships would not exist without our amazing volunteers!

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Irik and Cathy Mallie

Irik and Cathy Mallie

Irik and Cathy Mallie have served with the Africa Mercy since 2009. Irik works as the ships chief engineer for the Engineering department and Cathy is the palliative care counselor for the Palliative Care department on the ship.

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Larry and Sandy Hewitt

Larry and Sandy Hewitt

Larry and Sandy are long-term Canadian crew and having been serving onboard the Africa Mercy since 2015.

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Carmen and Brenda Yirka

Carmen and Brenda Yirka

Brenda followed her daughter Carmen to Africa where they both became part of a life-changing story

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Dr. Sherif Emil

Dr. Sherif Emil

Dr. Emil has been volunteering with Mercy Ships till 2016 and plans to continue for the foreseeable future

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Amy Wilderspin

Amy Wilderspin

Amy Wilderspin started her professional career caring for adults in Canada, but it took a trip to Africa to realize pediatric nursing is what’s really in her heart.

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Dr. Gary Parker

Dr. Gary: "Tangible hope"

Early in his surgical career, Dr. Gary joined a Mercy Ships team in Mexico in 1986. He faithfully served for more than 30 years!

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Mark Carew

Mark Carew

Captain Mark Carew changed many lives in Cameroon through his dedicated service with Mercy Ships.

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Lisa Benner

Lisa Benner

Ever since she was a child, Lisa has dreamed of helping others around the world.

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Sheila Aeschlimann

Sheila Aeschlimann

For professional Baker Sheila, her this second field service was just as much a dream job as a homecoming.

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Ray Scheepstra

Ray Scheepstra

Ray Scheepstra is a seasoned volunteer onboard the Africa Mercy, serving as the ship Electrician.

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I want to volunteer

"On behalf of the Liberian people, I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given to so many poor and needy Liberians. Their work goes beyond compassion and healing the sick. It shows that the world is a global village, with no racial and social boundaries. The Liberian people are grateful."

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - President, Liberia