Mayor Spence 2017

City Mayor's Blog

I am very proud to be the first Mayor for the City of Warman.

From the first time I came to visit Warman over 30 years ago it has been very apparent Warman's charm comes from it's people.  The residents of Warman welcomed my family back then, and they continue to share their friendly community with all who come to live here or visit this fine City.  I am pleased to  have this kind of oppurtunity to share on a monthly basis, the good news and positive actions taking place in our community, the City of Warman.  Grab a cup of coffee and read on what is current and happening in the City of Warman.

May 17

Women Shine

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 9:48 AM by Erin Legg

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." - Dolly Parton

collageThis quote describes exactly my feelings as I participated in the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction awards.

Being nominated was such a highlight, however I didn’t realize at the time what an impact this experience would have on me as I learned more about the 62 other nominees. Exceptional, passionate and accomplished are just a few words that come to my mind to describe the attributes of these amazing women.

The annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards is a celebration of the best in women’s achievements across industry, culture and public service, honouring ordinary women for their extraordinary contributions to the Saskatoon community. The newly implemented Saskatchewan Spirit award recognizes these contributions by women residing outside Saskatoon.

The YWCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Founded in the 1940s, the YWCA has worked tirelessly empowering, supporting, and coaching women, girls and families every day.

Michelle Obama said: “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” 

The YWCA has been doing what many of us are trying to achieve in our quest to increase women’s involvement in our communities by helping women lead, climb, and thrive as they become part of the decision making process in every sector.

We know a healthy society is one in which importance is given to formal and informal relationships that facilitate interaction and engagement, and thus engender a sense of belonging. It is also one in which there is broad participation by all sections of the population. Communities with these characteristics do better in moving forward to meet common aspirations and build strong, healthy communities for all of us to live in.

The Honourable Dr. Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, this year’s Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement recipient, is well-known for advocating for equity in the education and employment of women, Chinese Canadians and Aboriginals. She is the first female First Nations senator, as well as the first Canadian-born Chinese senator.

Senator Dyck recently commented that although women and girls make up more than half of Canada’s population, they’re underrepresented when it comes to leadership in business, politics, science and other areas. And that discrepancy costs all of us, regardless of gender.

There is evidence that a lack of elected representation trickles down into all areas, including laws that affect the lives of women and girls, but also those of boys and men. More voices offer a wider range of perspectives, which leads to better solutions for everyone.

Mayor SpenceI’ve made women in leadership an essential part of my advocacy as Warman City Mayor. In fact, on June 11 I am hosting a casual discussion with local women interested in leadership positions in our community and beyond. This follows last fall’s forum, Your Voice, during which we started the conversation. I am looking forward to the brainstorming and support to arise from that evening. 

If you are interested in joining us that evening, please email erinl@warman.ca.

~Sheryl
Apr 29

Warman Has Community Spirit

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 2:30 PM by Erin Legg

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

volunteer awards pic collageThe City of Warman celebrates volunteerism each year by awarding exceptional community members for their service and for their contributions to our city’s community spirit. It is a well-deserved recognition for these special people. This year we congratulated Peter Guenther (Citizen of the Year), Tyler Karst (Volunteer of the Year), Route 11 Creative Arts Centre (Committee of the Year), and Karanjit Bola and Janelle Johnston (Youth Volunteers of the Year).

As we see April slip into May, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you!” to all of our volunteers who invest their time and passion towards making a difference in the community. Volunteerism generates well-being for both the volunteer and the recipient. Taking the time to nurture, help out where needed, and truly care for one other are the elements needed to grow a strong and connected city alive with community spirit.

We live busy lives. It can be difficult to find extra time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Studies have shown that volunteering can help reduce stress, therefore having a great benefit to your overall health! It’s also a great way to make new friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even help your career. I know these to be true from my own personal experience.

I have witnessed and also benefited from the kind acts of neighbours and community members who see a need and step forward to fill it. This type of giving spirit fosters and develops a strong sense of community. This is the kind of city Warman is, and what makes it such a special place to call home.

I encourage you to lend a hand whenever and wherever you can – not because you get something back, but because you are able to give. Albert Schweitzer is quoted, “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”

Let’s be the kind of community that goes the extra mile.

~Sheryl

Mar 18

Warman Has a Story

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM by Erin Legg

history collage“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

Studying history allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present.

Learning about history provides us with insight into our cultures of origin, as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

I love talking with our senior residents about Warman’s history and how they and their families fit into that story. It is important to hear these stories. We need to preserve them and pass them down to those after us.

I remember high school history class being such a bore – I wasn’t alone, was I? – but I clearly did not understand the impact history has on our future.

Today, I am intrigued by historic stories and facts, and this interest has led me to be a part of a new committee to Warman. The Warman History Book Committee is a recently-created group with the goal to gather stories of Warman’s rich past and publish a historical account of our community. Given the scope of this project – our plan is to cover the years between the 1900s through until 2000 – we know it will take a large investment of time, but as a committee we are passionate to see this through.

As we get farther into the project we will be looking for members of our community to submit stories, facts, family history and photos for both the book and for our own archives.

For more information or for submissions to be included in the book, please see our Facebook page, Warman History Book, or email at warmanhistorybook@gmail.com.

~Sheryl