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.

Nov 06

~November 2018~

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:43 PM by Dawn Johnson

History Matters November Blog
“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community”


- Anthony J. D’Angelo.

 

Warman’s history is rich and interesting. We are fortunate to have a small, but mighty Historical Committee that continues to remind us with glimpses of our history with the displays at the Legend Center. Warman’s History Committee is made up of four members, Sharon Martens, Lori Vellecott, Shane Janswick, and Breanne Gascho. These passionate community volunteers are committed to keeping our history - present (no pun intended). I appreciate this group’s many efforts of bringing pieces of Warman from long ago to remind us where my community has been, and the people who have shaped it.

Why does History matter? - Because "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat what was dark.” Why does knowing the path in darkness matter? History is our road map of where we have been, that helps us to see where we are going.   History helps us understand why we live the way we are living and why we are where we are as a people and community. History allow us to learn from the successes and the mistakes of our ancestors.

Warman History November Blog

All people and peoples are living histories. Let’s look at a few obvious examples: communities speak languages that are inherited from the past. We live in societies with different cultures, traditions and religions that have not been created on the spur of the moment. People use technologies that they have not themselves invented. We all are born to a family who has a history.

I love sharing stories with my children and grandchildren, seeing the bewilderment in their eyes and answering their questions warms my heart as I pass along our history. I know one day they’ll be passing down those same stories to their children and grandchildren.

Anytime I have written blogs about our history they have been well received. I believe it’s because our hearts are filled with memories and we don’t want to lose those memories.

Here in Warman it is our intention to try and capture Warman’s history and put it all together in a document that’ll stand the test of time, a Warman History Book perhaps.

We are looking for anyone interested in helping us achieve this lofty goal. We need your help to talk to the residents of Warman who have been around our community for numerous years and have stories to share. We want to know your family history as well so it too can be recorded.

My opening comment – Warman has a very Rich History - help us gather our yesteryear stories so we can  record them for future generations to enjoy.  If you are interested in getting involved, or if you have stories and/or photos to share please contact either myself or a member of the Warman History 
Committee.  We are eager to begin to put the important pieces of Warman’s history together.

Mayor Sheryl Spence phone: 306-385-2336 email: sheryls

@

warman.ca


Warman History Committee:

Sharon Martens                 phone: 306-934-5914                     email address: sharon1952@sasktel.net

Lori Vellacott                      phone: 306-931-009

As we talk about history and the importance of passing down our knowledge of community and family.  Please take a moment to remember those who served our country, have the conversations with your children, attend a Remembrance Day service.… I pray that these heart wrenching times of our history are never forgotten. ‘They gave their tomorrows so we can have our today…’

 Lest we Forget. 

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history
- Mahatma Gandhi

~Sheryl          
Mayor Spence 2017                                     

 



Oct 23

~Truth and Reconciliation~

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM by Josh Welz

~Truth and Reconciliation ~

“EDUCATION is what got us here, and EDUCATION is what will get us out.” .... Justice Murray Sinclair

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These are powerful words. Education is the key to Truth and Reconciliation. And I, too, believe this to be so.

After an emotionally charged conference - accounts of residential schools, survivor’s experiences, reconciliation gains and challenges – the Wicihiowin Conference in Saskatoon fired up the spirit within me, and I hope I am able to lead to that same spirit of reconciliation within you.

Social indicators and research clearly show that we have a long way to go in order to create a safe and equitable society for all people. We know that we need to continue to do more.  As my own journey progresses, and I learn more about Indigenous traditions and knowledges, my heart and spirit are opening up to the value and importance of Truth and Reconciliation.

Let’s do more than just talk about ‘Truth and Reconciliation’. We need hope. Hope for a better tomorrow.Wichitowin collage Hope for a better understanding of each other. Hope for sharing with one another. Hope for all people to participate in the abundance of this great country.

Let’s choose to see the strength and possibilities we have in each other.  We do have a choice. We can move towards healing and co-learning. We can be grounded with inclusion and respect as our guiding principles. We can live and work together. We can help and be better for each other. We can work to strengthen our own communities. 

As I sat and listened to the many speakers, with my heart and mind open, I witnessed and heard survivor after survivor of the residential school system recount the pain, anger, and hurt that they were able to express from their life experiences.

At the same time, I was also struck by the resilience and perseverance that shines upon the many survivors who attended our gathering. It is clear to me that it is from this perseverance, and a genuine desire for a good life, that wisdom and strength of spirit is born.

One survivor spoke on the behalf of many survivors who still are not able to speak, and he said;

“We have more yesterday’s than tomorrow’s and all we want to see is less of our children incarcerated, more graduates, less alcoholism and drug abuse, stronger families.”

These are basic things that many of us simply take for granted. But this reality is so real for many of the survivors, their dependents, families, and friends.

Through the agonizing accounts of residential schools and the cruelty that these children endured, it is no wonder that people left such outrageous conditions with only shatters of their lives left, and with pieces of their personhood barely intact. Many of the survivors can only find a distant feeling of safety under the heavy influence of alcohol or drugs, hoping that the horrific memories may be drowned out or pressed far away. There may be temporary relief from this deep emotional pain, but only to return as sobriety begins to settle in and reality becomes clear again.

Many people deny that these experiences and events could have possibly occurred. Others feel that nothing can or should be done - that people and families just need to ‘get over it’. But if you, or someone you love had lived through such abuses and horrors, would you - could you - say these same words: ‘get over it’?  I know I can’t.

Efforts were made by the federal government to discredit the claims made by survivors. Survivors were called liars over and over again.  But these stories are not false, and hard evidence is available. These truths are very difficult to stomach and accept that such things could have actually happened. It is equally difficult to accept that the current lived experiences of many Indigenous peoples, families, and communities are a direct result of these historical events. But, my friends, this is Truth and Reconciliation. These are Truths, and by becoming more informed about our shared history and the strength of the Indigenous peoples and knowledges, we can be move towards Reconciliation, understanding, and respect for each other.

Here in Warman we have begun to take steps towards Truth and Reconciliation, making it a priority by partnering with other municipalities, First Nation communities, other partners and leaders. Guided by the Great Plains College and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, we are learning, accepting, supporting, and growing through these Truths.

Our Regional Committee is hosting its first conference: Rural Reconciliation: An Educational Gathering on Wednesday, November 7th, from 9:00-3:30 at the Brian King Center in Warman. Please come to this informational event, at no cost, to help support your own journey of Reconciliation. To register follow this link: https://www.greatplainscollege.ca/news-and-events/rural-reconciliation-educational-gathering

The journey towards Truth and Reconciliation may be filled with tears, laughter, frustration, and all sorts of strong emotions, but it is a journey worth taking. It has been for me. We have an opportunity before us, and not to simply neglect this collective work and personal growth to another time or to another generation – we are doing this is for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Let’s keep our collective fires going and let the spirit also run through you.Holding hangs

 “If you feel connected to the future of this country, and if you feel responsible for the future, then youneed to care about reconciliation for the sake of the future of this country.” .... Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair

Kleco, Kleco!

Hya Hya!

~Sheryl         

Mayor Spence 2017


   



Sep 26

~ September 2018 ~

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 4:15 PM by Josh Welz

~September 2018~


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“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community” ....Anthony J. D’Angelo.

When one neighbour helps another we strengthen our community. On Wednesday, September 26th, Great Plains College, and the City of Warman partnered in the annual ‘Day of Service’.  A huge thank you Great Plains for taking community service to that next level and organizing ways to reach and support our community in some really cool ways.

Over the last few years the college has organized this community event and rallied volunteers to get involved. Each year Great Plains Staff, students, City of Warman Mayor, Council and community volunteers come together to participate in this event.  Volunteers lend a helping hand at the Warman Special Care Home, where they read and visit with the residents and help clean out their flower gardens.  Volunteers have also branched out throughout the City of Warman to clean up our parks and green spaces.  Great Plains College hosted activities for community daycares and community volunteers also attended Diamond house where they did crafts and activities with the residents.

From the students that participated today in their first ‘Day of Service’, they noted that after this experience they would like to volunteer on a regular basis.  For the 50 preschool students who arrived at Great Plains College, you truly enriched and filled the hearts of not only the teachers today but of the student volunteers who worked with you.  This “Day of Service” brought smiles, a purpose and a great reward to each person involved.

I also want to extend a huge thank you to the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce for preparing and serving the volunteers a delicious lunch.

There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.”  For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: “Happiness is found in helping others.”  I couldn’t agree more with this statement as I have seen and experienced this first hand.

It is really heartwarming to see this kind of service coming from people who call Warman home, and extra special to see the volunteers who don’t live in our community share themselves in the same way.

It has been said by William Arthur Ward – “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most beautiful day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day.”  Today in Warman it was truly a beautiful, triumphant, and rewarding day for me, and hopefully for everyone who was part of ‘Day of Service’, either by giving or receiving.


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A huge bouquet of thanks to everyone who took part in this fantastic day!

~Sheryl 

     Mayor Spence 2017