This week Saskatchewan is mourning the loss of philanthropist and community leader Les Dube, who was a long-time supporter of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Les and Irene Dube had an unwavering commitment to pediatric healthcare. This was shown when they made a historic donation of $6.5 million to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, the largest gift made at that time to a pediatric hospital in Western Canada. 

Through their generosity, the foundation is planning the creation of the “Leslie and Irene Dube Centre of Care for Children.”  

According to the foundation, the Dube’s contributions will ensure that every child will receive the best possible care close to home. 

“Les never wavered in his support of a dedicated children’s hospital. With Irene by his side, he opened his heart to helping Saskatchewan children and their families. Their devotion to creating the “Leslie & Irene Dubé Centre of Care for Children” was the first of its kind in Western Canada and we are proud that it bears his name. Les was a generous man with intentional purpose to make our provincial community a better, healthier place to live. Words cannot convey how much he will be missed,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.