Thank you, Irene and Les!
In late December 2019, Saskatoon Community Foundation accepted a transformational charitable gift from Les and Irene Dubé. The Dubés have established six endowed funds of one million dollars each, funded 50% now and 50% in the future through life insurance.
Through their strategic approach to philanthropy, the Dubés have determined the best way to respond to needs in the present while ensuring significant long-term support for the future. They have created a legacy of compassion through many designated gifts that have saved lives and changed our community forever. The focus of every principled gift they make continues to be addressing suffering and improving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable members.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for the Lighthouse
Establishes a source of permanent financial support for the Lighthouse operations, serving some of Saskatoon’s most vulnerable community members experiencing extreme poverty, chronic homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for Mental Health Family Support
Enables the Canadian Mental Health Association of Saskatoon to assist caregivers as they care for family members experiencing mental illness.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for Elder Care
Enhances day programming, dementia care, and the physical environment at the Sherbrooke Community Centre.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for Disaster and Emergency Response
Provides targeted Saskatchewan funding for emergency support, food, and shelter for 72 hours after events like a house fire or flood, through the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for Hope for Malawi
Improves the lives for residents of communities served by Hope for Malawi, with an emphasis on expanding service to additional communities.
The Leslie and Irene Dubé Endowment for World Hunger
In support of Food for the Hungry Canada, provides life-saving nutrition for the poorest of the poor outside Canada, enabling communities to better support themselves.
As Les and Irene seek out charitable organizations working “where the need is greatest,” they lead by example, inspiring their charitable partners to do their utmost in delivering programs and services.
Irene and Les, from all of our charitable partners and Saskatoon Community Foundation, thank you for your inspiring and generous giving!