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.

Jan 29

Saying Goodbye

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 9:53 AM by Brittany Hadley

Throughout our life we will experience many changes, some of these changes will be quickly welcomed while others will be difficult to accept. In our community, we have seen substantial changes especially in the last decade. While most of these changes have been welcomed there have also been some changes that have been difficult for our community to accept. One of these changes is the loss of one of our community businesses that has called Warman home for over twenty-five years. How sad that feels, and not a change we wanted to see.

Shop Easy

The Super Valu in Warman, also known as the Shop Easy opened in the community in the nineties. Originally located where the current Dollarama is, this business was the community’s first ‘larger’ grocery store. The Shop Easy quickly became an employer of many of the residents including the youth of Warman. In fact, my own daughter’s first job was at the Shop Easy. As a parent it was so reassuring to know that my child could work locally and not have to drive into the city to make a little extra money. For many in Warman this business also became a central hub of the community where you could pick up your groceries and stop in for an impromptu chat with friends and neighbours.

 

Supervalu

From the moment you walked through the doors of this beloved grocery store you were greeted by smiling faces and helping hands. I know for many in the community, especially those residents who have lived here for many years, there a special nostalgic feeling around this business. For myself, I will never forget the delicious Danish back ribs that they used to bring in. We had a good friend who would prepare ribs for us using these Danish back ribs, and I would boldly say that no restaurant ever came close to those tasty bites. We were always advised that the secret ingredient was Don’s back ribs that he would order in. In fact, one of the things the Super Value/Shop Easy was known for was their ability and willingness to bring in items that residents requested. Another item that I will so miss, that brings back such wonderful memories, is the incredible bakery. The fresh buns and bread, and the delicious baked treats were so good and were the first thing that hit your nose the moment you walked in the store. I dare say that there was a lot of extra baking that was purchased as a result of that delicious smell. On behalf of our community and its residents I want to thank this cherished community business for all of the special memories.

 

I also want to take this time to thank the Super Valu/Shop Easy for the incredible support it has given to the community over the years. This business gave so generously to a wide array of community events. From pancake breakfasts to community barbeques, they were always ready to help out. I often remember having to run into the store to pick up some extra syrup or a few more bottles of ketchup for events and the management would often so generously donate those extra items on top of their original donation. When I think of the number of groups that have received some support from the Super Valu/Shop Easy over the years I think it is safe to say that most families in Warman have been touched by the generosity of this local business.

 

On behalf of the residents and the City of Warman I want to thank all of the staff, managers and owners, past and present, for your service, dedication and community spirit that you have given to the residents and the community of Warman over the years. It has been so hard to see the empty shelves and the quiet parking lot, it is an end of an era. Moving forward, I want to wish all of you at the Super Value all the best as you turn this page and move on to your next adventure.

 

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” -anonymous

 

~Sheryl

Nov 09

Let Us Not Forget

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:04 PM by Josh Welz

“Peace is when you smile at someone and make the world a tiny bit brighter

Peace is when you hear a baby laugh, or give a hug to the hurt”
10-year-old Amaya

Podium speechAs a child, my family never really talked about World War I or World War II, never attended a Remembrance Day service or visited a cenotaph. It was a holiday from school or work and nothing more.  Without any family members in the military, the significance of Remembrance Day was lost on me until I married. My husband’s family was involved in the war, and as a result, Remembrance Day held a very special meaning to him and to his family. As a result our own family, with his good example, soon took a different approach. One of honouring and paying our respects for the sacrifices of men and women who gave so much of themselves so we could have the life, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. 

In the last few years I have had the honor and privilege to be invited, and be part of, the Remembrance Day service at Warman High School and Warman Middle Years School.  Teaching students about Remembrance Day and the significance of this day is a very important history lesson.  Thank you to the teachers who take this important life/history study on.  It must be a challenging kind of discussion, especially for the younger grades.  It is so gratifying to see how interested and engaged our children are around these special Remembrance DayYoung cadets in front of wreaths services. To watch them pay their respects in their own way, delivering heartfelt tributes, and talking so freely about what they have learned, and what they see and feel today as it relates to the world they live in, should make all of us very proud.  As they recite Flanders Field or sing the songs that have that special remembrance meaning to them I am grateful, as the Mayor of the City of Warman, to be included in their special services.


I have seen it quoted in this way – “On this day, when we honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom, it's hard to find the words to express just what they have given each and every one of us.  So instead, we've turned to those who came before us — some speaking to heal a nation, others trying to make sense of the impossible events that had just occurred.”

Remembrance Day isn't just about war and those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It's about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served.

 

We do have a promising future, let’s all remember it did come at a cost to so many.

 

~Let us not forget~

 

~Sheryl 


Nov 01

Warman's Cultural Mosaic

Posted on November 1, 2017 at 10:23 AM by Josh Welz

Canada is home to people form hundreds of countries, cultures and religions. Together we bring little pieces of our homeland in our back pockets and place them, side by side, like tiles in a cultural mosaic. 

welcome photoA couple weeks ago I was invited to a ESL (English as a Second Language) event put on by the Warman High School.  It was there that I had the opportunity to meet many new comers to Warman, Martensville, Waldheim, and Rosthern. At this event we met families from the Ukraine, Columbia, Sudan, Vietnam, China, Russia, Bulgaria, India…and I am probably missing a few.
As I went from table to table to introduce myself

Newcomerand hand out a few items of a Warman swag, I was immediately welcomed to their tables with a big smile, all so grateful for the visit with me.  Although many didn’t understand what I was saying, we were able to communicate through

Mayor Spence, Councillor Shram Thanksgiving immigrant welcome hand gestures, facial expressions and, in some cases, someone at the table could translate.  Our conversation surrounded how they were 
doing in this new land, so far away from home.  For some these were their first days, some a couple years, and a few have been in Canada for over five years. The one thing they all had in common, they loved living here, even with our cold weather. Everyone in attendance was served a traditional Thanksgiving turkey supper with pumpkin pie for dessert.  For many, this was the first time having this Canadian treat. Some really enjoyed the meal, some needed a little more time to get used to it. I was taken back at one table where a little girl couldn’t finish her dessert.  Her father insisted they take it home because wasting food is NEVER an option. A great example for all of us. Many of these newcomers to our area are opening up new businesses in our region. They are investing, and bringing their entrepreneurial ideas to the prairies, and providing new products, services and jobs to our communities. It goes without saying that they areSINP group welcome welcomed additions here!   From my discussions with these families getting use to this new living environment comes with its challenges, but they are excited for their future in this new land. I would like to thank Warman High School and Great Plains College who have come together to help assist these families with the difficult task of learning a new language. They are offering evening classes and fun events to help families develop their communication skills and to meet and interact with new people. The children are attending community schools, and at the same time being immersed into the language, which always helps us learn faster.




Welcome in different languages


Let’s all do our part of being a welcoming community to help these new families adjust to life in a new city, a new school, and a new country. Welcome to Saskatchewan, and welcome to Warman.

~Sheryl