Mayor Spence 2017

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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.

Feb 20

Our Youth Today are Our Leaders Tomorrow

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM by Erin Legg

Forum for Youth 2019
“Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.” — Alfie Kohn

To all the young leaders out there, I admire you. You have energy. You are enthusiastic. You bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the table. And you are likely willing to take a few risks in order to break the status quo. You have a lot of potential.

It was pointed out by Alvin Toffler that “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they — at some distant point in the future — will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely … because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”

Warman City Council has been proactive by establishing the position of youth council representative. This role offers a young leader the opportunity to observe and participate in municipal politics alongside the mayor and city council. Since the youth representative position was created five years ago, we’ve had some exceptional young leaders sit at the table with us. Past youth council representatives include Ethan Guthro (2014-2015), Aleya Anderson (2015-2016), Jordan Ramsfield (2016-2017), and Emily Zunti (2017-2018).

Our current youth council representative is Karanjit Bola. Karanjit is active in the community, serving as vice-president of Warman High School’s SRC, participating in cadets, and playing a multitude of sports. For his job with city council, Karanjit attends regular council meetings and also participates on the Recreation Advisory Committee, where he relays to the other committee members what the youth of Warman are talking to him about.

Karanjit recently returned from a trip to Ottawa where he participated in the annual Forum for Young Canadians at Parliament Hill. Forum is a wonderful opportunity for youths from across the country to gather and develop their leadership skills by interacting with national politicians and employees in an authentic political setting. Karanjit was one of 107 participants – truly an exclusive learning opportunity! He will be presenting a report to city council about the experience, including the various things he learned, people he met, and photos of the week. We look forward to it!

For young leaders in Warman interested in the youth council representative position, watch for the job advertisement towards the end of spring. We are looking for an individual aged 16 to 18 who is a hard worker, has personal and professional integrity, is enrolled in high school with good grades, and is wanting to expand his or her leadership experiences.

Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders. Let’s influence our future leaders by demonstrating the components of effective guidance so they are best prepared to lead the world.

~Sheryl
Jan 25

Women in the Game

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 10:35 AM by Erin Legg

Collage featuring Mayor Spence, MP Kelly Block and MLA Nancy Heppner“While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful.” – Rakhi Voria

A healthy community is a diverse community with opportunities for all.

In 2006, 2007 and 2008 Warman and area experienced a momentous shift in leadership. The election of female leaders to all three levels of government – me as Mayor of Warman in 2006, Nancy Heppner as MLA in 2007, and Kelly Block as MP in 2008 – was historic. The voices around the table shifted to better represent 50.4% of the population: women.

When I was newly elected as Mayor of Warman, I was extremely excited to work with both MP Block and MP Heppner. The three of us shared a passion and determination to build, strengthen and pursue new opportunities for the communities we proudly represent. Throughout the years, my excitement for working with these two women has only grown. We’ve proudly accomplished a lot for the citizens we represent.

Recently, MLA Heppner announced she will not be seeking re-election in 2020. She has served her constituents well, and I know firsthand how hard she has worked to ensure the communities she represents are not getting left behind and that provincial dollars are being dedicated to our regional projects. It is not always an easy role to fulfill, because the needs are many and the dollars don’t cover these never-ending needs. MLA Heppner has lobbied ardently about critical issues, such as the overcrowding of our schools and the safety of highways leading into our communities, resulting in additional schools opening and the construction of highway overpasses. The issue of sustainable pricing for water is essential for her constituents, and MLA Heppner has been instrumental in working with SaskWater to ensure communities in her region have access to affordable potable water.

The City of Warman is constantly growing and evolving, and requires strong representation. Fortunately, we have received that from both MLA Heppner and MP Block. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the efforts these women do on Warman’s behalf.

Both MP Block and MLA Heppner have been strong advocates for gender balance in leadership. Following their examples and with their mentorship, I’ve been able to further pursue my own passion for supporting women in all types of leadership positions. Did you know that an average of 26% of Canadian municipal politicians are women? In Saskatchewan, the numbers are considerably lower, with women making up 18% of councillors and only 13% of mayors. Next week, I will be attending the annual SUMA convention, which will feature a “Women in the Game” panel discussion. I am looking forward to the conversation about women’s involvement in local government during this panel. I am hopeful it will spark encouragement for more women to become involved in their communities at a leadership level.

That is my call to action for all women: get out there, become involved and lead your community. Look for ways you can express your voice. It is more important than ever to encourage and support women to run for public office. We need women in all roles of leadership, in all levels of government. We need women on our municipal councils, on school boards and governance boards. There are many ways women can take an active role in their community. I believe with good mentors and ambassadors, gender imbalance can be overcome. When the demographics of elected positions mirror that of society, a country's full social capital is realized. Diverse representation creates a better environment for both women and men.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown

~Sheryl
Various images of Mayor Spence and MLA Nancy Heppner at work

Dec 13

~Christmas Traditions~ December 2018

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 3:43 PM by Dawn Johnson

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.



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