Jul 25, 2013
North Vancouver, B.C. – On behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (the
"Washington Foundation"), Seaspan announced today a multi-year donation of $1.1 million to
three British Columbia marine and port community charitable organizations.
Partnering with Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM),
and Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCM-SAR), the Washington Foundation’s fiveyear
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.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates an investment in helping strengthen our maritime history
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
“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
“Each year, SALTS provides over 1700 young people with the life-changing experience of living
in close community and learning to sail a traditional tall ship,” said Loren Hagerty, Executive
Director. “The challenges and growth brought by life at sea help prepare each young person for
life ashore. This generous donation will allow us to increase access to our program for young
people who are disadvantaged or at risk, or suffering from serious medical conditions.”
“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.”
“This contribution will enhance the readiness of our rescue stations around the Lower Mainland,
and benefit our entire organization by helping build a new training facility for our nearly 1,000
volunteer crew members,” said Jim Lee, President, Royal Canadian Marine Search and
Rescue. “RCM-SAR is a vital part of the marine rescue system on the West Coast, and we are
very pleased that the Washington Foundation and Seaspan are supporting the work we do to
save lives on the water.”