We rely on the generosity of individuals like you to ensure we have the funds required to continue to offer a high-level of fitness and rehabilitation services.
The Reh-Fit Centre views private funding as an important component in the achievement of building community wellness. Recognition of donors and volunteers is important because of the vital role they play in the Reh-Fit Centre. All forms of recognition will be provided within the spirit of the Centre’s mission and will be respectful of donor’s wishes.
Depending on the giving level, donor recognition will be provided, such as:
The Donor Wall* is on the second floor of the Centre, immediately across from the Heart Rock Café and members’ lounge. This stunning curved wall of glass, updated annually, is a unique symbol of thanks and an enduring tribute to the generosity of our major donors and to loved ones receiving a dedication.
*The Donor Wall was designed by Warren Carther, a Winnipeger, who is considered one of the world’s leading architectural glass artists. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2002 and has received Royal Canadian Academy of Arts designation for outstanding achievements in the visual arts.
Warren Carther’s projects are unprecedented in colour, innovative technique, and scale. Notable glass walls he has designed include the carved glass wall for the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, the 100-foot glass wall in Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, and the 160-foot-long glass wall in the Yellowknife legislative assembly.
Mr. Carther, who works out of a studio in the Exchange district, also designed the donor wall at the Riverview Health Centre.
Platinum ($7 Million +)
The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation Inc.
Gold ($2 Million +)
The Government of Canada and Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Programs
Silver ($75,000 – $150,000)
The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Foundation
Federated Insurance Company of Canada
In loving memory of Henry Small
Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life
Kris & Shirley Benidickson
Bronze ($50,000 – $74,999)
City of Winnipeg, Community Incentive Grant Program
Province of Manitoba, Community Places Program
Mildred I. Lucky
($25,000 – $49,999)
FWS Construction Ltd.
Johnston Group Inc.
Manitoba Blue Cross
Thomas Sill Foundation
James A. Sproule in memory of Bettina F. Sproule
J. Derek Riley
The Estate of Gaylord Gordon Gorringe
($10,000 – $24,999)
TD Bank Financial Group
Michael F.B. Nesbitt
Pollard Banknote Limited
Dick & Elaine Archer in memory of Grant S. Holmes
Malcolm & Marilyn Leggett
Rod & Kathy Corbett
David G. Newman, Q.C. & Brenda Newman
Dr. Donald S. Reimer & Mrs. Anne Reimer
Elane & Barry Talbot
John & Karen Albrechtsen
Doug Harvey – Maxim Transportation Services Inc.
Marilyn & Jim Burt
The Paterson Foundation
Thomas P. Dooley
Alison & Bob Darling
Jack & Zina Lazareck
The Harris Consulting Corporation
Kerry & Kaaren Hawkins
The Joe Brain Foundation Inc.
Walter Dubowec, FCA & Alice Dubowec
Bill Emslie & Marianne Rivoalen
Ross & Madeleine Nugent
Barry & Lynda Brown
In memory of Hector Lessard
Dr. G. Les E. Ullyot
Albert & Susan Krahn
Margaret J. Barbour
George & Laura Clark
The Legacy Society was established in 2009 to provide committed individuals an opportunity to demonstrate their support of the Centre through planned giving. Society members are donors who have made a commitment to the Reh-Fit’s future as part of their own legacy, by including the Reh-Fit in their estate plans.
A charitable bequest is one of the simplest ways to provide continuing support for the Reh-Fit. Other ways include gifting a life insurance policy or near cash.
Whatever form their gift takes, Legacy Society members enable the Reh-Fit to better benefit community health by adding leading-edge health and fitness programs, supporting research to ensure the effectiveness of programs, and renewing the facility and its equipment to keep pace with the latest developments in fitness and health.
If you would like to become a member of the Legacy Society or have already included the Reh-Fit in your will, download the Legacy Society brochure and send in the response form. If you would like more information about planned giving opportunities and tax savings, contact the Reh-Fit Foundation office at 204-488-9325.
Special thanks to the following who have made a commitment to the Reh-Fit’s future as part of their legacy, by including the Reh-Fit in their estate plans:
Margaret Barbour joined the Reh-Fit in the early 1990s and has stayed on ever since. She served on the Centre’s Board of Directors, later holding the position of President from 1996 to 1998. She has made regular donations to the Centre through the annual giving campaigns. “Perhaps because of my years in the field of Health and Gerontology, I joined the Legacy Society to ensure support for staff development and skills enhancement.”
Tom Dooley, who joined the Reh-Fit in 1983, has served on both Reh-Fit Boards. He is a regular donor through the annual giving campaigns, was a major donor during the Capital Campaign that helped raise money to complete the renovation of the Centre, and was one of the first to join the Legacy Society.
“The Reh-Fit is a great community institution, like a great hospital or a great university, and is deserving of support,” he said. “I love the place and want it to continue to flourish. A Legacy Gift is another way of confirming to my friends and family how the Reh-Fit added to the quality of my life. A Legacy Gift can also be more substantial than a gift given in one’s lifetime, as it will be paid from the residue of one’s estate, will be tax deductible, and will not require any compromises in retirement life.”
In 2005, David Holt entered the Cardiac Rehabilitation program suffering from angina as well as adult-onset diabetes. Now he is a regular member and works out five days a week for an hour and a half each time. “I usually make a morning of it, starting with a group of us who meet for coffee.”
He says he is grateful for the work that the Reh-Fit has done for him. “I’m in better shape now than I’ve ever been.” He also appreciates the staff who create a welcoming and safe environment. And if he should miss a day, someone from his coffee group will call to ask if he’s okay.
“The Reh-Fit has become my family,” he says. “What better way to express my appreciation than to make a bequest to the Centre in my will?”
David Newman joined the Reh-Fit in 1982, served on the Boards of Directors of the Reh-Fit and its Foundation, and led the Capital Campaign which raised nearly $1.76 million to help cover the cost of renovating the Centre.
He joined the Legacy Society because “I have taken part in the Reh-Fit’s operation and seen the good it does. I have helped raise funds for it, and know they are well spent. And I suggested the idea of a Legacy Society several years ago because I consider the Reh-Fit is a cause worthy of a lasting legacy.”
“The Reh-Fit has played an important part in my life. I made some wonderful friendships there, stayed in shape for optimum quality of life, and enjoyed a sense that guidance and support were always available if I needed them.”
Gail has made a bequest to the Reh-Fit in her will through the Legacy Society. “I want to give back to the Centre. I am so grateful for all that it has done for me. It has also played an important role in a lot of people’s lives, and I want to do my part in helping sustain the Centre in that role.”
Dan Torbiak, who joined the Reh-Fit 10 years ago, believes in healthy living, and so does his family, who are also members. He served for five years on the Reh-Fit’s volunteer Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall direction of the Centre.
Dan joined the Legacy Society for several reasons. “The Reh-Fit rehabilitates as well as prevents illness. It encourages the community to enjoy healthy, active living, for quality of life. As a member of the Reh-Fit Board, I have seen first-hand that dollars from fundraising are well spent and deliver the best possible outcomes for the community.
“I see the names on the donor wall, I recognize the superb generosity of Paul Albrechtsen, and I know that membership in the Legacy Society will help ensure the Reh-Fit’s continued value to the community. All of these factors have inspired me to join the Society.”
Harold Neufeld suffered a heart attack on February 13, 1979, at age 51, just days before the Reh-Fit Centre opened its doors and began offering its cardiac rehabilitation program. He entered the program as soon as he was able, later joined the Centre, and has been a member ever since.
A former member of the Reh-Fit Board of Directors, Harold is grateful to the Centre for its cardiac rehabilitation program and for saving his life during the cardiac arrhythmia—which accounts for his annual donations to the Centre, his name on the major donor wall, and his recent decision to join the Legacy Society, to demonstrate his support of the Centre through planned giving.
Harold admits he owes his life to the Reh-Fit. “I will forever be grateful for the way it has improved my lifestyle and quality of life.”
Dennis Dueck suffered a stress heart attack in April 2011. He joined the Reh-Fit after taking cardiac rehab classes where Jean Paul and his team “taught me exercises that were good medicine for me.”
During a strength and stretch class, he felt his heartbeat pulsing strongly in his abdomen, a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. “I was living on death row and didn’t know it,” he says. He credits the insights he learned at the Reh-Fit for creating in him an awareness that led him to consult his doctor and undergo a life-saving repair procedure.
He joined the Legacy Society, which was set up for those who have made a commitment to the Reh-Fit’s future as part of their own legacy. “I joined the Legacy Society as a way of thanking the Reh-Fit for saving my life by teaching me how to look after myself.”
On January 30, 2006, the Centre reopened its doors following a $12 million expansion that left only one floor and the rear wall of the field house intact, and brought the total footprint of the Centre from 50,000 to 86,000 square feet.
The expansion was possible in large part because of Paul Albrechtsen, who generously donated more than $7 million to the budget for the new building.
“In 1995, on Valentine’s Day, I had been feeling that I needed more exercise and I was running at the Reh-Fit Centre when I collapsed on the track and my heart went into fibrillation. If it had not been for the expeditious treatment of the staff team, who quickly gave me the paddles and brought me back, it could very easily have been fatal. That day, when I was admitted to the hospital, it was discovered that I had blockages in my coronary arteries.
“My dream is that more people can benefit from my experience by making their own personal commitment to healthy, active living earlier in their lives and avoid the life-threatening event I experienced. More importantly, I have turned this dream into a vision. My vision is to build a state-of-the-art community health and wellness centre in Winnipeg, a centre that will offer the very best possible health and wellness services to more Manitobans.”
Tom Dooley, then President of the Reh-Fit Board of Directors, said that “Paul Albrechtsen was not only our main benefactor. He also helped develop the vision for our new home and spent countless hours working with the architect and construction consultants to make that vision a reality.”
Following Mr. Albrechtsen’s generous lead, many other donors supported the expansion and renovation, including 941 individuals, 77 corporations, foundations, and organizations, as well as the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Program and the City of Winnipeg. Sue Boreskie, CEO of the Reh-Fit Centre, said that “Mr. Albrechtsen wanted only the best for us and for future members.” In addition to the latest equipment, great staff, and more than 300 health and fitness programs and services, “the best” takes the form of special features that encourage the community to visit the Centre to enjoy regular, healthy, active living—a porte cochère for conveniently dropping people off, the multi-hued mosaic tile in the foyer, gently curving walls and hallways for a calming ambiance, the Heart Rock Café under an arched glass roof, and stunning walls of glass on the south and west sides of the field house for panoramic views of the outdoors.
Mr. Albrechtsen’s commitment to his vision of the Reh-Fit did not end when the Centre reopened following the expansion and renovation. In the years since then, he has continued to support the Centre. He was there with words of encouragement during the long process of preparing to meet the requirements for certification as a medical fitness centre, offered technical advice and guidance on keeping the building in great shape, and supported the Centre with generous donations and sponsorships of events.
When notification reached him that the Centre had achieved certification as Canada’s first medical fitness centre, he said he was happy to hear it.
“I take pride in knowing that I am lending a hand in the destiny of this great community institution, which is saving and enhancing the lives of thousands of Manitobans.”