Mr. Leslie S. Gould

Biography / December 9, 2015

Mr. Les Gould was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, -The Snowbirds-, Moose Jaw, SK, in June 2015.

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Honorary Colonel Gould, like many Prairie boys found a love for hockey and was able to gain a NCAA scholarship at St.Louis University, Missouri. He transformed his love of the game and in his city into more than 25 years of coaching and volunteering with various young people’s sports programs.  Past president of Tourism Moose Jaw and a member of numerous boards and committees, Honorary Colonel Gould was able to support several local charity organizations, initiatives that continue to this day.

In 2006 Honorary Colonel Gould relocated to Nanaimo, BC, where through his work at the Nanaimo Daily News, he was instrumental in the “Raise a Reader” program, inaugurating a pre-school reading program for blind and visually impaired children who are unable to attend schools with sighted children. Under his chairmanship, the program funded the production of Braille Learning Kits distributed to hundreds of children and their parents.

Honorary Colonel maintains his strong ties to Moose Jaw, having many years of active involvement with The Snowbirds. Since his introduction to the team as a Labatt’s representative in support of the 10th anniversary of 431 Squadron, he has travelled extensively across North America visiting and supporting the Snowbirds on the road, at many Abbotsford shows and during workup training camps in Comox, BC.

In 1996, Honorary Colonel Gould was made an “Honorary Snowbird” in recognition of his enduring support and promotion of the team. He has attended every single Home Opener and Year End Show since 1981 and continues to be a stalwart supporter through community involvement and direct support to the Squadron members and their families.

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