Seaspan Announces Multi-Year, Million-Plus Dollar Donation in B.C.’s Marine and Port Community.
Partnering with Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), Vancouver Maritime Museum (vanmaritime), and Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCM-SAR), the Washington Foundation’s five-year commitment will extend through 2017.
“We are thrilled to be honouring three community partners that not only reflect the Washington Foundation’s focus, they are also tied to the waters and rich history of B.C.’s marine industry,” said Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO, speaking on behalf of the Washington Foundation.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s charitable donations are the organization's first direct donation of their kind in Canada. Since its inception, the Washington Foundation has donated more than $144 million in the United States to hundreds of organizations that focus on education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community service. Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Washington Foundation, says today’s announcement is the start of an exciting inaugural collaboration with Canadian charitable organizations in British Columbia.
“The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation takes great pride in helping grow businesses and providing economic opportunities for young people, entrepreneurs and Aboriginal peoples. We are excited to help make a real difference in the communities where the Washington Companies, including Seaspan, Southern Railway and Envirocon Environmental Services operate.”
“For more than 50 years, the Vancouver Maritime Museum has been the focal point of Canada’s Pacific coast for B.C.’s maritime culture and industry,” said Simon Robinson, Executive Director. “Thanks to this generosity, we will continue to do what we do best - chart the course of marine history for all British Columbians.”
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Companies. The term Washington Companies refers to the association of separate business entities in which Montana businessman Dennis R. Washington holds a significant ownership position. The Washington Companies are headquartered throughout the United States and western Canada and conduct business internationally. They are involved in rail transportation, marine transportation, environmental remediation, demolition and mining, heavy equipment sales, aviation technology, and real estate development.