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.

Apr 26

Community Volunteers

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 1:06 PM by Brittany Hadley

“Have a heart, lend a hand, stand out and make a difference. Changing the world always needs volunteers.” ~ Anonymous

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This past month was Volunteer Appreciation month, and in our community, we have had the opportunity to celebrate our wonderful volunteers. Many of these volunteers do incredible and important work for Warman and they often do so without any form of recognition. That’s why, in April, we take the time to celebrate them and their work, after all, being told you are appreciated is one of the most uplifting things that you can hear. So, to ensure that volunteerism in our community does not go unnoticed, I wanted to take the time today to talk about volunteering in our community and why it is so important.

To begin I think it is critical to share the history associated with volunteerism and why volunteers are so important to the fabric of every community, including Warman. The first idea of a volunteer was developed by Benjamin Franklin when the term volunteer fire fighter was used in 1736. Today this idea has become a norm for our country, as more than 70% of all fire fighters are volunteers today. These fearless volunteers have truly made a difference in the communities in which they live. I want to note though, that while volunteer fire fighters are invaluable members of our community, there are others, perhaps that are less noticeable that have also left their mark on history as well as on Warman. During the years of the Great Depression and WWII, thousands of volunteers worked together to help assist with the many needs of the time including collecting supplies, entertaining soldiers on leave and caring for the injured. Fast forward to today, these volunteers still play critical roles in our communities. They are the ones that assist the community in addressing the needs of the day. Perhaps the needs are new school playground equipment or funds for the local food bank. Whatever the needs are, volunteers are the ones who step up in a time of need and forever make the community a better place.

Evident from this brief history lesson, the spirit of volunteerism in Canada and more specifically in Saskatchewan, is a deeply rooted tradition. In this blog I have included the list of past winners of the four categories of volunteer awards that are given to local Warman residents each year. If you look at the numerous names I am certain there are more than a few that you will know. We have so many wonderful residents who have done so much for our community. We even have families who have continued the tradition of volunteering and have been awarded for their work. In fact, did you know that we have awarded the Citizen of the Year award to a mother and daughter? Although awarded many years apart, they were awarded for their strong commitment to Warman. Each of the individuals and groups listed in the attached photos stand out because they have shown their love for their community in so many ways and we will be forever grateful.

So why volunteer? The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. So today I ask you to consider connecting with your community by volunteering. No matter what you do, you will do something that will make a lasting impact on your community.

I am also curious after reading this post and looking at the award winners listed, do you know of someone who deserves to be recognized? I encourage you to leave a comment below thanking someone you know who has volunteered in the community and has made a lasting difference, big or small, on Warman and its residents. Want to do more? Consider nominating them for next year’s awards. Appreciating those who have given so much is a wonderful thing.

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Thank you to Warman volunteers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

~ Sheryl



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Apr 03

Our Streets

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 10:53 AM by Brittany Hadley

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

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Today I want to discuss the topic of streets in our community but I don’t want to talk about them for the reasons that you may think. The streets of our community are so much more than the pavement that they are created with. What many in our community may not know is that many of the streets in Warman are actually named in recognition of members of the community who have in some way, impacted the Warman for the better. Today I want to share with our residents, especially with our newer residents, a bit of history of the streets in Warman and all of the incredible community members that these streets were named after.

To start I think it is important to understand the historical significance of the two main streets in our community, Central Street and Centennial Boulevard. First, what many may not know is that Central Street was not the original busy, main street in our community. In fact, in the early 1900s Railway Street North and Railway Street South were the main streets in the community with many businesses located there. Unfortunately, after two devastating fires, the community was left as a ghost town with less than 100 people residing there. It took several years, but eventually people returned to Warman but this time, Central Street became the hub of activity and a symbol for growth in the community. As the community continued to grow in the following years, another street also became significant historically. In 2006, 3rd Avenue officially became Centennial Boulevard to celebrate Warman’s centennial year. This stretch of roadway also became a symbol of growth in the community, and today many of our businesses as well as our Legends Centre call it home. Looking at these two streets today it is clear that they have become critical streets in our vibrant community. I know for myself, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two historically significant streets as our community continues to grow.

While the two streets mentioned above are important for historical reasons, it is those streets named after fellow community members that I think are even more important to highlight. Below are just some, of the many streets whose names bear tribute to those residents who have impacted our community in some way for the better. I want you to keep in mind as you go through the names, that the information provided is only a snapshot of the people behind the street names. I could write a lot more about each and every one of these community members below.

  • Haichert Street

Haichert Street is named after the original Haichert family who moved to Warman in 1923. August (Auggy) and Nell Haichert owned the land where Haichert is today. These longtime residents were proud business owners who owned a lumber yard/hardware store more than fifty years ago on their land. Following his service in WWII, Auggy came back with a strong desire to make his family and community a priority and thus left a lasting impact on Warman for many years to come.

  • Thiessen Street

This street was named after local businessman John Thiessen, who was an active member of the community. John was a proud member of Council and also spent much of his time working with many community groups including the Lions Club and the Warman Fire Department where he held the title of Fire Chief. John and his wife Ester worked tirelessly to enhance the community of Warman in all that they did.

  • Janeson Street

This street was named after a long serving Town Administrator, John Janeson. Upon their arrival to the community, John and his family made Warman their home. In 2005, he retired with close to twenty years of service with the community of Warman. His quiet management style gained the respect of many and his excellent business sense allowed Warman to be positioned well financially for the future. John’s vision and dedication to this community is so valuable, without it Warman would not be the community it is today.

  • Braun Crescent

Braun Crescent was named after long time Warman resident Bill Braun. Bill served his community through his time on Warman Town Council and the Warman Fire Department where he was a member for over forty years. He also played a significant role in forming many committees in the community including the curling, arena and golf committees. Bill and his wife Catherine also spent many hours with the Warman Cemetery where they cared for this special community place for over four decades. There is no question that the history of Warman is lined with the influence and dedication of Bill and his commitment to this community.

  • Guenther Crescent

This street was named after a long time serving Warman employee, Frank Guenther. Frank worked his way up to the role of Public Works Manager where he served in this role for twenty-five years. Frank took tremendous pride in the community and it was evident through all that he did to make the community what it is today. 

  • Warwick Crescent

Warwick Crescent is named after former Warman High School teacher Bill Warwick. In addition to his work with the youth of the community, Bill was known for his role as one of the original Lions Club members as well as his role on Town Council. Bill and his wife Joan, who was also a Town employee, were incredibly active in the community as well and dedicated many hours to ensuring the community was a great place to call home.

  • Davis Crescent

This street is named after long time Mayor Wally Davis. Wally was deeply invested in the community and spent much of his time working on the establishment of the Warman Golf Course as well as working with many organizations in the community. In addition to all of this work, Wally led the community for many years as Mayor and as a member of Council. He also ensured that his family join him in his efforts to making Warman the best place to call home and as a result three of his sons stayed and decided to open successful businesses within the community. Today, Wally and his wife Betty spend their time cheering on many of the local sports teams that their children and grandchildren participate on. The community of Warman will be forever grateful for all that Wally did and continues to do to champion this community.

  • Doell Place

Doell Place is named after Conservation Officer Murray Doell. Murray came from large family and moved to Warman with his family in 1959 when he was just a year old. Over the years, the Doell family, especially Murray’s parents John and Katherine, worked tirelessly to give back to their community. In the early eighties Murray began his employment at Town of Warman but soon moved on to become a Conservation Officer for Saskatchewan Parks and Renewable Resources. Sadly, Officer Murray Doell died while on active duty fighting a wildfire near Buffalo Narrows on August 17, 1990. This brave Warman resident was honoured not only in Warman for his bravery but also is recognized in Ottawa at a national monument. Today, many of Murray’s family still live in the community where they continue to be very active community members.

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  • Biliske Drive

This street is named after one of the founding families in Warman. Years after the family’s arrival in 1914, Elizabeth Biliske served as a member of Council and was instrumental in fundraising for the Warman Curling Club. Elizabeth’s family was also very active in the community and her family dedicated much of their time to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Warman.

  • Grabowski Crescent

Grabowski Crescent is named after active community members Chester and Jean Grabowski. Chester a community teacher, and his wife Jean spent much of their time serving on community groups and dedicating many hours to the betterment of the community.  

  • Froese Crescent/Street

These streets were named after longtime resident and business owner John Froese. After moving to Warman in 1960, John married Susan and they soon began raising their six children in the community. Also in 1960, John and his brother Peter partnered to form Froese Concrete, where it still remains a strong business in the community with almost all of John’s children having some role within the company today. John and his family’s dedication to community was evident from their arrival and they and their family members still remain active within the community today.

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  • Wilken Crescent

This street was named after Dr. W. I. Wilken who moved to Warman from Ontario in 1929. He originally set up his practice on 6th Avenue South where he knew no one in the community. He spent many days and months trying to get to know his neighbours in Warman as many of the Mennonite residents in the area had their own health professionals to assist them with their medical needs and felt they did not require his service. It was Dr. Wilkin’s perseverance which allowed him to grow his practice into a place that was deemed as Warman’s first hospital until it closed in 1956. Following this closure, Dr. Wilken moved to Waldheim for a few years before ultimately returning in 1960 where he served as Warman’s doctor until 1966. This beloved doctor made a lasting impact on the residents in the community for many years to come.

  • King Crescent

King Crescent was named after RCMP Constable Thomas Brian King. This brave officer worked out of the Warman Detachment and sadly was killed in the line of duty on the evening of Tuesday, April 25, 1978. Constable King will always be remembered as a true gentleman who was honest, ethical and always willing to go out of his way to help his fellow community members.

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  • Gowan Terrace/Crescent

These two streets were named after Warman’s first elementary school principal Mr. Gowan. Mr. Gowan and his wife were dedicated to the community and spent much of their time working to benefit its residents.

  • Thompson Road

This street is named after a treasured community resident, who still resides in the community today. Gord Thompson was a long time Fire Chief of the Warman Fire Department who spent much of his time forming and volunteering with numerous organizations such as the Warman Golf Club, the Warman Curling Club, the Lions Club and the Warman Crusaders. Thompson and his wife Norma raised their family in Warman where they worked hard to give their children shining examples of community spirit. Gord is a true champion of Warman and our community has benefited in so many ways from all of his work.

  • Collins Street

Collins Street is the most recent street to be named after long time Warman High School principal Michael Collins. Michael was instrumental in forming partnerships within the community that not only enhanced student learning but the community growth as well. His work within the community has been embedded into the fabric of Warman and we as residents will be forever grateful.

  • Martens Crescent

This street was named after Ron Martens who was a long time Town Councillor in Warman. This savvy businessman also spent much of his time involved with many community organizations such as the Lions Club. Today, Ron is still involved in the community where he is an active member of the Knights of Columbus organization.

  • Boehr Avenue

Boehr Avenue is named after Elmer and Nettie Boehr, long time Warman residents. Through their involvement with the Warman Fire Department where Elmer was the Fire Chief for many years, numerous committees, the church and Nettie’s piano lessons with the youth, this couple contributed so much and were tremendous cheerleaders for Warman.

  • McNevin Crescent

This crescent is also named after one of the early families in Warman. Mr. Dan McNevin was a dispatcher and agent for CNR station in the early 1900s. He and his wife and their house full of daughters were very active in the community. It was families like the McNevin’s that were pillars in the community as they were always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked in the especially hard times of the 1900s.

  • Klassen Street

Klassen Street is a street that has remained somewhat of a mystery in our community as no one is certain of who this street was actually named after (If you do know let us know!). It is rumored that this street was named after Corny Klassen, who was very active in the community along with his wife Linda and children. Corny was involved in many committees in the community including the golf course, the curling rink and the arena. Corny’s dedication to his community was so influential that today his daughter Sharon Doell continues the family tradition of being involved in the community.

I am curious after reading through this list if you were aware of any of the residents listed above? Warman is so fortunate to have such a wonderful community of residents who have played a big part in Warman’s success, growth, and vibrancy.

Street naming is just one ways we can show appreciation for the efforts of long serving volunteers and community members in Warman. If you know someone who should be honoured in this way please send the City of Warman a full description of the community recipient and their achievements. This information will be reviewed by the Warman Street Naming Committee for future use.  

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse from our rich history. We are so lucky to have the fabric of our community made up of such incredible individuals.

 Help others and give something back. I guarantee that you will discover that while public service improves the lives and world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring into your own life. - Unknown

~Sheryl


Mar 01

Pink Shirt Day

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 7:24 AM by Brittany Hadley

“Let your smile change the world. But don’t let the world change your smile.” – Connor Franta

As you were going through your day today, did you see a lot of pink? Today is Pink Shirt Day, a day in which we take time to raise awareness and stand up to bullying. By wearing pink today, we are supporting our fellow colleagues, classmates, and community members and saying no to bullying. Wearing pink also ensures that we make a commitment to continue to make our schools, workplaces and communities a safer place to live, work and play.

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When I was reflecting on today and the importance of Pink Shirt Day, I found it so hard to think that one in five kids today experience or are affected by bullying. This number is staggering, and sadly the bullying doesn’t end once you graduate from high school. Bullying occurs every day in the work force, in the home and in our communities. As adults and members of our community we have an important role to ensure that we do everything that we can to prevent bullying and the first step starts with recognizing that bullying occurs every day in all kinds of different settings. Once we can recognize it we then need to talk about it and look for solutions. The only way things can get better is if we work together to do better for our kids, our family, our friends, our co-workers and our neighbours.

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Today I had the honour, along with the City of Warman Student Council Representative Emily Zunti and City Clerk Brittany Hadley, to visit two classes of grade two students at the Warman Elementary. I was so impressed to see these young citizens of Warman wearing and understanding the importance of their pink shirts. The youth of our community are our future and I am so proud to see the effort they put in to ensuring that we say no to bullying. The class visit also got me thinking about the parents of these children, and the tough job they have to ensure their kids are safe from all of the effects of bullying. Parenting is a tough job, and bullying can make it seem overwhelming. It is important, whether a parent or not, to have to conversations with those around you about what bullying is and what it is not. It is also critical that we continue to be aware and recognize when bullying is occurring and this starts by understanding signs such as behavioural or emotional changes in those around you.

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We live in a time where there are many different forms of bullying, whether it be verbal, social, physical or cyber bullying. We need to take a stand, not just today, but every day to ensure that we are part of the solution to end bullying. Change starts with each of us - let’s understand, let’s care more, and be kinder to each other.

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The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority."

~ Sheryl