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.

Jun 27

Graduation 2019

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 9:59 AM by Erin Legg

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

—Lao-Tze

Grad 2019

High school graduation is exciting — it sparks hope for the future and invites graduates to dream big.

I can’t believe 25-years ago, I was sitting in the parents’ section for my first time. I don’t remember many of the details of that day except thinking, “Where did the time go?” I am sure many of you with graduates are feeling those same emotions. I have to admit, this year’s convocation ceremony is a bit different for me because I have a very special someone who is among the graduates. The next generation of our family is graduating. Now, each year I am proud of all the students who receive their diploma. But this year, knowing that special connection, that same thought of my first Warman High School graduation all those years ago is ringing loud and clear: “Where did the time go?”

So, that was my chance to be nostalgic. Now, let’s turn the focus to you, the grads.

To all the students who have reached this finish line: Congratulations! I am sure it wasn’t always easy, but you made it. Here you are, through challenges big and small, to reach this moment.

It is quoted by Anthony Robbins: “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” You began this past journey many years ago, and now you are moving onto your next path in life. But also remember that in life, if you have taken a path and wish to change directions, you can always start again. Life is a journey of many steps, in all directions. Let your steps lead you to a full, balanced and happy life.

I would like to take a moment here to recognize and congratulate this year’s City of Warman scholarships recipients:

City of Warman: Nicholas Neudorf and Amy Remeshylo

Recreation and Cultural Department: Drake Buechler and Rebecca Sawatsky

All the best to these scholarship recipients as they enjoy the summer and then move onto furthered education this fall.

A huge thank you to our community for continued support of the Warman High School Scholarship program. This year 66 students will receive a scholarship from 43 contributors. This year’s total is just shy of $40,000. Thank you to the businesses, community groups and families for seeing the importance of continued education. You have invested in our future in such a positive and personal way.

Mayor SpenceOn behalf of our community, the City of Warman, City Council, and my family we congratulate all the 2019 Warman High School graduates, and wish them all the best as they embark on this next chapter in their lives.

“I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.” —Unknown

~Sheryl
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