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 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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Nov 06

~November 2018~

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:43 PM by Dawn Johnson

History Matters November Blog
“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community”


- Anthony J. D’Angelo.

 

Warman’s history is rich and interesting. We are fortunate to have a small, but mighty Historical Committee that continues to remind us with glimpses of our history with the displays at the Legend Center. Warman’s History Committee is made up of four members, Sharon Martens, Lori Vellecott, Shane Janswick, and Breanne Gascho. These passionate community volunteers are committed to keeping our history - present (no pun intended). I appreciate this group’s many efforts of bringing pieces of Warman from long ago to remind us where my community has been, and the people who have shaped it.

Why does History matter? - Because "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat what was dark.” Why does knowing the path in darkness matter? History is our road map of where we have been, that helps us to see where we are going.   History helps us understand why we live the way we are living and why we are where we are as a people and community. History allow us to learn from the successes and the mistakes of our ancestors.

Warman History November Blog

All people and peoples are living histories. Let’s look at a few obvious examples: communities speak languages that are inherited from the past. We live in societies with different cultures, traditions and religions that have not been created on the spur of the moment. People use technologies that they have not themselves invented. We all are born to a family who has a history.

I love sharing stories with my children and grandchildren, seeing the bewilderment in their eyes and answering their questions warms my heart as I pass along our history. I know one day they’ll be passing down those same stories to their children and grandchildren.

Anytime I have written blogs about our history they have been well received. I believe it’s because our hearts are filled with memories and we don’t want to lose those memories.

Here in Warman it is our intention to try and capture Warman’s history and put it all together in a document that’ll stand the test of time, a Warman History Book perhaps.

We are looking for anyone interested in helping us achieve this lofty goal. We need your help to talk to the residents of Warman who have been around our community for numerous years and have stories to share. We want to know your family history as well so it too can be recorded.

My opening comment – Warman has a very Rich History - help us gather our yesteryear stories so we can  record them for future generations to enjoy.  If you are interested in getting involved, or if you have stories and/or photos to share please contact either myself or a member of the Warman History 
Committee.  We are eager to begin to put the important pieces of Warman’s history together.

Mayor Sheryl Spence phone: 306-385-2336 email: sheryls

@

warman.ca


Warman History Committee:

Sharon Martens                 phone: 306-934-5914                     email address: sharon1952@sasktel.net

Lori Vellacott                      phone: 306-931-009

As we talk about history and the importance of passing down our knowledge of community and family.  Please take a moment to remember those who served our country, have the conversations with your children, attend a Remembrance Day service.… I pray that these heart wrenching times of our history are never forgotten. ‘They gave their tomorrows so we can have our today…’

 Lest we Forget. 

 Remembrance Day Collage















A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history
- Mahatma Gandhi

~Sheryl          
Mayor Spence 2017