Announcing the 2019 Martin Bergen Award Celebration

The Martin Bergen Award

2019 Recipient of the Martin Bergen Award

David Olfert spent his early life in rural Manitoba and his career working at the Canadian Wheat Board for 40 years as their Executive Director of Finance and Treasurer for the last 14 years of his working career.

As a Certified General Accountant, he was more than qualified to bring wisdom and stability to his volunteer roles on the Mennonite Benevolent Society, Crosstown Credit Union, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada as well as Concordia Hospital, Concordia Foundation and Concordia Wellness Projects Inc.

Mr. Olfert has been a steadfast and continuing presence with his leadership over a span of over 25 years to the Concordia Campus.  During his tenure there have been many changes that he has helped navigate and bring forward such as accreditation by the Canadian Council of Health Services, the construction of Concordia Place, Concordia Village, Concordia Hip & Knee Institute and several major additions to the hospital that has improved and impacted patient care and safety as we know it today.

He has delivered prudent and proactive leadership in fiscal matters and guided us in numerous financial planning strategies. He has shown an inclusive leadership style with a steady hand, thoughtful approach and serious consideration for all of the factors that led to the successful growth of the Concordia Campus.

He has been the Chair of the Boards of Concordia Hospital, Concordia Foundation and Concordia Wellness Projects Inc.

He and Hermine, live in East St. Paul and have three married children and 17 grandchildren.

The entire community thanks him for his tremendous contribution to the community as we honour him with Concordia’s most prestigious award – The Martin Bergen Award.

About the Martin Bergen Award

For the past 19 years, Concordia has honoured a person or persons in our community with the Martin Bergen Award, named for Winnipeg philanthropist and business leader.  Mr. Bergen came to Canada in 1953, penniless but determined to make a new life during the turbulent years following World War II.  Through integrity, strength of character and determination, he built an exceptional legacy.

As a strong supporter of Concordia Hospital, he left a lasting imprint on the community as the Concordia Campus grew to include Concordia Place, Concordia Wellness Projects, Concordia Village and the Concordia Hip & Knee Institute.

Mr. Bergen passed away in March 2017 but his legacy lives on.  When asked what he would most like to be remembered for, he always readily responded, “That I was honest and worked hard.”

We are honoured to have this event, to welcome members of the Bergen family and to present this award to Mr. David Olfert.

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The latest issue for Fall 2019 is online and in hard copy upon request.  You can find copies at local retailers and businesses or around the Concordia Campus.  Starting in the Fall of 2019 we will be offering home delivery to 45,000 households in the Concordia area.

Read our latest issue of The Concordia Way, the official publication from the Concordia Foundation with news and stories from around the community and from around Concordia.  The online version will open into a scalable page to fit phone, tablet or desktop.  You can contact us for a hard copy or to subscribe at no cost.   Click here to read the Spring 2019 issue online.

We Go Above And Beyond

Concordia Goes Above And Beyond For Lexi

Take a minute and hear Lexi’s account of her experience at Concordia.

The tradition of supporting health care through private donations is firmly established. You are a key player in the future and quality of health care for our region. A commitment to community inspires people to build on the contributions of others and to the benefit of all.

At the Concordia Foundation, our role is to support Concordia and the community we serve. We promote health, support high standards for health services, research, and educational activities; and we raise funds for capital projects designed to enhance the care, services, and environment provided at Concordia.

As 2019 draws to a close and we look forward to “Concordia Renewal 2020-2025” we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for having given from the heart to us in 2019.

This is special thanks to the nearly 3,000 donors who placed their trust in Concordia this year and a big thank you to The Kothari Group and Crocus Gardens (above)  for their ongoing support by donating $500 for every unit sold in their new development.  This is an outstanding partnership thanks to CEO Anupam Kothari.

  • Those who gave from their hearts;
  • Those who gave from their estate;
  • Those who gave in memory of a loved one;
  • Those who gave in honour of a friend’s wedding celebration;
  • Those who attended and sponsored our events;
  • Those who have enabled the Concordia Hip and Knee Research Campaign “Stepping Forward” to carry on with vital research;
  • Those supported “Operation Walk” with their voluntary service and funds to make this important work carry on.

We have prepared a handy guide for people who are planning their year end giving and might have questions.

Please click here to learn more –  with our thanks!

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