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 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 





Sep 15

Warman is Environmental and Suitability Programs

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 11:28 AM by Brennan Gasmo

~ There is no such thing as ‘Away’, When we throw something away it must go somewhere~…. Annie Leonard

I don't want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting. 

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