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.

Mar 24

COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 5:13 PM by Erin Legg

Hello everyone,

I want to talk to you about the COVID19 pandemic. 

Now, I want to be positive and encouraging, but I also want to be honest and clear. This is no doubt one of the most challenging collective experience that we have been through in my lifetime.  

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived quickly, and suddenly, everything feels confusing, scary and uncertain. However, it is very important that we remain calm. We must remind ourselves and each other that we will get through this, and that we need everyone’s help to contain the virus — from young people to seniors and everyone in between. 

This global health pandemic requires everyone to do their part. We are asking you to reduce community exposure by practicing physical distancing, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, working from home where possible, and remaining in self-quarantine if you are unwell. 

I want to assure you that the City of Warman is taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We are in constant communication with the provincial government, municipal partners, health professionals, and first responders to stay up-to-date with the most current information and directives. We are keeping residents in the loop through our social media pages and website, as well as the emergency alert system. If you have not already installed the alert system on your phones, please do so.

As your Mayor, I assure you that City Council and our administration team are here to help and support the community. We will get through this together.

The Government of Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency on March 18th. This declaration means the province has added further measures to protect our citizens. Fellow residents, we must be diligent in following these mandates: temporary closures of bars, restaurants and schools, eliminating gatherings, and conforming to other voluntary shut-downs in an effort to limit our exposure and contribute to the national effort to flatten the curve.

To all of the frontline workers, health care professionals, fire and police protective services providing essential services to our community, I thank you for providing safety and security during this difficult time. To all of our grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies, you have our support and gratitude for providing us with your essential services.

Mayor SpenceI thank you, the residents for your help and support during this critical time in our collective history.

This is a moment where we must pause and reflect on our roles and responsibilities to our communities and fellow citizens. We also need to be adaptable and optimistic. Fear is contagious. But so is hope. 

Let’s spread hope, because that is what carries us through difficult times. 

Keep well,

~Sheryl

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

Feb 24

Commitment to Reconciliation

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:36 PM by Erin Legg

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 Hello all,

Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives — within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”

February 6th, 2020 was a momentous day for reconciliation in our region. We celebrated the work of the Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee (PRRC) by publicly demonstrating our long-term commitment to reconciliation, with 22 leaders and representatives from local and First Nations governments, schools, businesses, and financial institutions, all committed to walking on a path to reconciliation by putting ink to paper, signing the Reconciliation Declaration.

Thank you to the elders for starting our morning off in a good way with a pipe ceremony, to One Arrow First Nation for hosting us, to our event sponsors, and to the many who came out to celebrate this moment in history.

It was a privilege to have His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Her Honour Donna Mirasty, bring meaningful words to share for this occasion.

The PRRC is a partnership of diverse people, organizations and communities from different cultures committed to creating inclusivity by building strong relationships through education and by relearning our shared historical truth. The City of Warman is proud to be one of the 22 signatories of this declaration.

We joined our friends from the following organizations to sign the declaration, a big step in our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and Calls to Action.

  • Affinity CU
  • CO-OP CRS
  • Carlton Trail College
  • City of Martensville
  • City of Warman-City Hall
  • Dakota Dunes Casino
  • Great Plains College
  • Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan
  • Office of the Treaty Commissioner
  • One Arrow First Nation Urban Members
  • Prairie Central District for Sport Culture and Recreation
  • Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce
  • Prairie Spirit School Division
  • Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • SREDA - Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
  • Station Arts Centre Co-Operative
  • Town of Aberdeen – Community Association
  • Town of Osler
  • Town of Rosthern
  • Misty Ventures

The Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee developed in response to the reconciliation movement in Saskatchewan, and is one of 10 reconciliation committees that have formed across the province: Saskatoon, Regina, Lloydminster and Onion Lake First Nation, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Yellow Quill First Nation and Kelvington, Nipawin, Yorkton and Swift Current. With the support of Rhett Sangster, Reconciliation Committee Coordinator for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, many communities are identifying priority areas, developing projects to enhance reconciliation efforts in their communities and signing declarations to work together towards their goals.

Our committee has grown throughout the last calendar year to over 50 members from communities including Warman, Martensville, One Arrow First Nation, Corman Park, Osler, Aberdeen and Rosthern. This includes elected officials and organizations such as Great Plains College, Mennonite Central Committee, Prairie Spirit School Division, Office of the treaty Commissioner, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, Station Arts Centre, the RCMP, Federated Co-operatives Limited, SK Health Authority, Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation, Batoche National Historic Site, Misty Ventures, Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Our committee continues to expand and we welcome interested individuals to join us.

Our main objectives for this committee are building strong relationships for a long-term commitment to reconciliation, and education – for the committee, our organizations and our communities.

What Reconciliation Means to Me:

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"Reconciliation is important for the future of our children, our grandchildren, and the all generations that follow. Coming together is a beginning of a shared understanding. May our unity make us all stronger.” – Tricia Sutherland, Chief of One Arrow First Nation, and Sheryl Spence, Mayor for the City of Warman


Reconciliation is coming together and growing together.” – Gary Philipchuk, Vice Principal of Warman High School and Deputy Mayor for the City of Warman

Reconciliation is about education. About letting go of old attitudes and learning and acknowledging the truth. This is key to a move toward living, working and playing together in a peaceful way, where we understand one another better, while recognizing cultural differences in a respectful way.” – Sheila Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Osler

“Recreating peaceful relationships based on understanding.” – Bonnie Wohlberg, Community Consultant for Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, Inc.

“I believe as a community leader it is my duty to fairly represent all people regardless of race, economic standing or gender. I understand the historical role that settlement caused for Canada today. I hope that I can do my part in educating my community. This would allow us to live harmoniously respecting both cultures.” – Renee Reimer, Mayor of Aberdeen

“Reconciliation to me means educating myself and acknowledging the true history of Indigenous people and understanding my role in moving forward. I hear people say all the time that ‘I didn't do those things. It wasn't my generation that did that! That was in the past, that's history.’ My response to that is, ‘I know I wasn't the one responsible for the actions of those before me, but I can be part of the generation that stops making the mistakes of the past. I can be a part of a positive, healing and inclusive future!’ What are you doing to be a catalyst for change?” – Jessica Reimer, Affinity Credit Union

“Reconciliation is about justice. It s about recognizing the injustices of the past and today, and then pursuing meaningful changes to right those wrongs. I think reconciliation starts with friendship and learning and unlearning, which changes hearts and minds. Then we must proceed to make changes to our systems and societies. We all have a part to play in addressing systemic racism and eliminating barriers to inclusion. I love being a part of this committee because that is what we’re working towards.” – Amanda Dodge, Mennonite Central Committee

Reconciliation means a better world for our grandchildren.” – Tracey Grand’Maison, Town of Aberdeen

What does reconciliation mean to you?

~ Sheryl

Mayor Spence 2017
Jan 20

Frigid Weather Pet Tips

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 10:39 AM by Erin Legg

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Hello all,


To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. ~Aristotle.


I know this quote to be true, but my, it is bitter cold to stand outside right now for any length of time. However, when it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. What would you rather do? For now, I am happy to enjoy the beauty of this season from inside on these cold January days.


Now, if it is cold for us humans, it must be cold for our furry friends as well. You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health?


Here a few tips I have read from vet experts about your pets during these frigid temperatures.


Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It's a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.


If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off the ground in order to minimize heat loss, and bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, cozy environment.


Recently, Global News reported that a driver with a loaner truck had popped the hood to add windshield washer fluid before returning the truck. He had quite a surprise when he discovered an orange tabby cat tucked in among the heater hoses staring right back at him!


The kitty was wedged in between the battery and the fire wall. The driver, who has the second driver of the loaner, immediately drove the truck to the shop for help. The little stowaway had traveled more than 80 kilometers between the homes of two drivers, all while wedged up in the engine! Once they finally managed to get him free, they posted the cat’s picture to Facebook and the owner was quickly found.

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This story could have turned out much differently. This cat definitely has nine lives. So …


Make some noise! A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.


When I am walking through the snow, my treads on my boots fill up with snow and ice. So …


Check the paws of your pet frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked or bleeding paw pads. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury, or because of ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog's toes.    

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As a final thought: let your furry pal be your “funshine” on these cold, blustery days. It will warm your heart, I promise!


~ Sheryl

Mayor Spence 2017