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Renate Mueller: A Life of Giving

Last summer, several staff from YWCA Metro Vancouver attended Renate Mueller’s celebration of life on the grounds of the beautiful Shaugnessey Golf and Country Club. It was a brilliant afternoon filled with belly laughs and stories of Renate’s countless adventures, her entrepreneurial acumen, love of golf, travel and bling, and her ability to meet everyone in a room and make new friendships everywhere she went. 

Renate Mueller
 Renate Mueller

Renate was also dedicated to supporting women living at YWCA Munroe House, the first second-stage transition housing in Canada with onsite support for women and children leaving violence. There are currently three YWCA second-stage housing communities, and a combined total of 33 units for women to live somewhere safe, while accessing YWCA programs and supports. 

Over time, Renate built a trusting relationship with staff and residents at Munroe House. She would regularly drop off much-needed gift cards for groceries, gas and transit and for special occasions, she would pop by with meals for each family and carefully selected gifts for each of the women. Renate hoped that her small efforts would result in women feeling cared for and valued. For Renate, some of her most valued possessions were the cards and messages of gratitude she received from the residents. 

Renate was a Legacy Donor to the YWCA and left the organization a bequest in her will. We are so grateful that she chose to continue supporting the YWCA into the future and we honour her memory and her generosity through our continued work and support. 

If you are interested in leaving a gift to the YWCA in your will or for more information on becoming a Legacy Donor, contact Shantal Cashman at scashman@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5859 or JoAnne Fahr at jfahr@ywcavan.org |604 895 5829. 



This article is part of the 2023 Spring/Summer edition of our Contact Newsletter. 
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