CWA Foundation will distribute $300,000 towards BC welding programs

CWA Foundation will distribute $300,000 towards BC welding programs

Vancouver, BC - June 27, 2016 - The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) will now expand its secondary school welding and education support programs in high school across British Columbia because of a generous donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan.

The CWA Foundation will receive $300,000 over three years, commencing in 2016 and concluding in 2018 that will directly support welding at the grassroots level in British Columbia. High school districts in North Vancouver, Victoria, Sooke and Saanich will receive financial assistance for new welding equipment and teacher professional development.

“Providing students with a positive and safe welding experience at the high school level will help ensure the continuation of welding at the post-secondary level and then as a career choice,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “This generous donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan, will enhance welding programs at the high school level in British Columbia, with the hopes that these welding professionals will come right back to Seaspan to begin their welding journey.”

Innovation, leadership and world-class trades training are critical components of Seaspan’s vision of driving Canada’s marine industrial base on the West Coast, said Jonathan Whitworth, CEO – Seaspan.

“Seaspan is thrilled to honour four community and industry partners that are helping us develop and grow a shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence in British Columbia,” he said. “This commitment demonstrates an unwavering investment in attracting, training and retaining the labour force and expertise we need to deliver on our NSS commitments.”

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s charitable donations are among the organization’s largest direct donations of their kind in Canada.

“Giving people the tools they need to succeed in life is a primary goal of the Foundation and the partnership with Seaspan to promote access to state of the art training in the trades is directly aligned with the mission and goals of the Foundation,” said Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

About the CWA Foundation
The Foundation’s key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as aboriginal peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

About the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family. The Foundation is based in Missoula, MT. Funding for the Foundation comes from personal contributions from the Washington Family and the annual contributions from The Washington Companies. Since its inception in 1988, Foundation giving and the Washington Family’s personal contributions and pledges to charitable causes total more than $204 million.

Media contact:
Deborah Mates, Executive Director, CWA Foundation
800.844.6790 ext. 241
Deborah.mates@cwa-foundation.org

Mike Halligan, Executive Director
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
1-406-523-1300