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Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation was established by Richard (Dick) George Rennie in 2010, in memory of his wife, Dorothy, who passed away in April 2009.

Like butterfly wings so soft and fragile
Yet beautiful to behold
Is our love.


Steel strong in times of stress
Yet twill never rust
Is our love.

Willow like we bend with the years
Growing and growing
Is our love. 
The clouds darken
Life is eternal
Like our love.
~To Dorothy from Richard with all my love, forever

Dick was born and raised in Vancouver, where he met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Rose. Together they raised three daughters Debbie, Gayle and Janis. Family was Dick and Dorothy’s heart and soul. They loved spending time with their six grandchildren and two great-grand children, sharing their humour and hugs.

Dick was a World War II pilot and veteran. After the war, he worked as an accountant and bankruptcy trustee. His positivity, outstanding work ethic, and tremendous joy in living every day delighted his family. In 2016, Dick passed away at 94 years old.

The Butterfly Foundation is a way for Dick to leave a legacy to provide care and funding for children and families, in British Columbia, to be kept safe, healthy, and housed.

Please join the Rennie family by making a donation to support the mission of the Butterfly Foundation. Every child deserves a roof over their head, food in their tummy, and the warmth of family love.

Dick chose the name the Butterfly Foundation to signify the meaning to the Rennie family. Butterflies are all around us to remind us of the fragility of life and the enduring love of Richard and Dorothy.

Please note:

  • This fund’s granting purpose is subject to change.
  • In order to properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
  • All donations to this fund will be permanently endowed.

For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please email Nicole Jeschelnik.

Butterfly Foundation