Join Us To Celebrate The 2019 Martin Bergen Award

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2019 Recipient of the Martin Bergen Award: Mr. David Olfert

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.



Doors Open at Canadian Mennonite University North Campus Entrance – Laudamus Auditorium


Welcome and Greetings from our Master of Ceremonies, Concordia Board Member, Frank Stecky

Michael Woelcke, Chair of the Concordia Hospital Board and Member of the Concordia Foundation Board

Christmas and Holiday Musical Presentation

Christmas “Sangerfest” Sing Along or Listen and Enjoy

  • Katrina Van Humbeck and Mark Barron
  • The “Open Door Singers” from Morris, Manitoba


Presentation of the Martin Bergen Award to Mr. David Olfert

  • Hardy Rahn, Chair of Concordia Wellness Projects Inc.
  • Michael Woelcke, Chair of Concordia Hospital Board
  • Sig Enns, Recipient of the 2018 Martin Bergen Award

Benediction in Song :  “O Come All Ye Faithful”


Join us for Faspa in the Great Hall thanks to the CMU Food Services Team


Have a wonderful rest of the day


Please note that there is ample free parking in the lot adjacent to the North Campus.   If you have special mobility needs please contact us so that we can make sure we have someone on hand to greet you and assist you safely to your seat.