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.

Sep 03

Thank You

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM by Erin Legg

farewell

What a year 2020 has been! I never imagined my last year on Warman City Council would have us isolated from one another by a worldwide pandemic. I had imagined a year full of events, meetings, and gatherings where I could share my gratitude over and over again with the many residents, businesses, and colleagues I have come to know. With 2020 being almost all but cancelled my options are limited. While I cannot be in person, allow my words to express that it has been a tremendous honour to serve Warman for the past two decades, six as a Councillor and 14 as Mayor.

So here it goes in a very brief recap.

Twenty years of public service have flashed by in a blur, an interesting and most rewarding blur. It all began when Dave and I chose Warman to raise our family and to work with the expectation to experience life to the fullest. Today, after 35 years residency and 20 years serving on Council, our laid-back little community is well over 12,000 people strong. I have watched us grow from a town of approximately 2,000 when our family moved to Warman, to blossom into a well-established, fully serviced, beautiful and safe city.

During my time on Warman City Council, I made it my goal to lead by example with integrity, honesty, fairness, and compromise as my foundations. I loved serving my community in so many different aspects. Having the opportunity to bring together new and innovative partnerships, building strong relationships with regional stakeholders, working with and learning from our seniors, promoting our community locally, provincially, and nationwide, mentoring our young people, working with investors to build a stronger commercial core are just a few important highlights of the work I have had the privilege to be a part of.

While being an ambassador for our city, we grew our city together and built partnerships for better opportunity and service beyond our own limitations and for our collective good.  Witnessing our growth and change with the hands and help of so many brings a sense of accomplishment and excitement for me.

I am so immensely proud of our city and all that we have become.

I recommend pursuing municipal leadership to anyone who is looking for a way to serve their community. Although serving on Council is challenging, the role has been very rewarding. I am grateful for this incredible experience. Much planning, discussion, problem solving, implementation, oversight and accountability go into each project and every issue, but the fruition in seeing this effort become a lasting foundation for our community is heartwarming and fulfilling, making the rewards worth all the sacrifice.

I have many people to thank. First, I give thanks to my family for supporting me through times when I had to miss special family events. Their unconditional support powered me through the challenges and reinforced all the reasons of why this work is important. I thank all the residents and businesses of Warman – you have become my community link, supporting and challenging me along the way. I thank the incredible team of Councillors and staff who worked alongside me all of these years, sharing ideas, pulling up our sleeves and working towards our goals together. I thank all the partners and collaborators I have met from outside our community who helped form Warman s legacy of partnerships. These many partnerships forwarded our region as a whole and has demonstrated that our power through unity is stronger than the pieces that form it.

Mayor SpenceWarman is a beautiful and vibrant community. I know through my leadership positions I have made positive contributions, but more importantly I have developed meaningful relationships. Everything I have learned over the years, I will take with me as I walk through that next door of life.

Thank you Warman for showing your trust in me for all these wonderful years. I will cherish all the memories and bonds of friendship, forever.

~Sheryl

Aug 18

Summer Memories

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 1:28 PM by Erin Legg

Many of us have stayed closer to home this summer, enjoying our families, visiting local attractions, and hidden gems tucked here and there around our province.

While this has been a different summer, the sunrises and sunsets have been as magnificent as ever. As I sit to watch these beautiful beginnings and endings to each day, I am reminded of all I am so grateful for. Lately, I have been caught up in the pandemic mania, and I have missed many opportunities to enjoy what we do have. The abundance around us overflows

What have I noticed?

Our province really is the land of the living skies. The colours we have been treated to this summer, almost every morning and evening, have taken my breath away.

sunset at lake

Our parks, lakes and green spaces are welcoming. I love watching families take their gloves and bats into the park and start a friendly game of ball. Have you noticed how many people are biking these days? Even our family, from gramps to the youngest grandchild, have found ways to get exercise and fresh air by biking together (it usually ends with an ice cream cone).

Speaking of ice cream cones, what is your favourite flavour? WOW! There are so many choices! My favourite remains soft vanilla. Mind you, these days it costs a small fortune to take the family out for this cold, sweet treat. 

Gem LakesIf you love visiting interesting and beautiful places, there are many hidden treasures around the province. The Gem Lakes are pristine bodies of water. You can hike the Gem Lakes trail that loops around a small, sparkling group of lakes named after precious stones — Jade, Diamond, Opal, Sapphire and Pearl. Located in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park, the Gem Lakes are a cluster of deep, sand-bottomed lakes reflecting colours of emerald, jade and aqua blue. The vantage points are spectacular, a must-see on your bucket list.

Crooked TreesThe crooked trees are an interesting landmark that are not far from Warman – a nice drive to the Hafford area. The trail tours a small cluster of aspen trees that are atypical as they do not grow towards the sky; instead, the branches twist and turn in horizontal and downward directions, giving the grove an eerie and, yet, mesmerizing appearance. Worth the visit in any season!

deer at lakeThe Saskatchewan provincial parks are spectacular. My family spends most of our time at Candle Lake, where we have been going to for more than 25 years. We never get tired of exploring this amazing family getaway.

This summer has been different as we have stayed close to home and family. Choosing to keep our circle small has been difficult, but necessary for now.

Enjoy these last lazy days of summer. School is around the corner and these relaxing warm days will be memories …hopefully great memories.

~ Sheryl

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Jun 17

Graduation 2020

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 4:35 PM by Erin Legg

2020Hello all,

High school graduation is certainly a momentous achievement. But how many of us know what it s like during a pandemic?

During last year s graduation ceremonies I addressed the class of 2019. I said during my speech:  Everyone here will encounter obstacles throughout their journeys.At that time, I had no idea what our world would be like one year later, and how much that obstacle would affect our graduates today.

Despite all of the uncertainty, the class of 2020 and their families have demonstrated true prairie grit and determination. At a time when these students should have been savouring the last remaining weeks of high school and putting the final touches on the graduation ceremonies, their excitement was cut short. Rather than let the moment pass unnoticed, the class of 2020 will be marking this milestone in a new way.

It is quoted: Believe you can and you re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Even when many doors were closed, the parent grad committee didnt give up on the idea of celebrating the achievements of this years graduates, their sons and daughters. They knew they needed to be creative and adapt to our new reality, and with that goal in mind they found a way to CELEBRATE YOU, the 2020 graduating class of Warman High School.

inviteOn Thursday, June 25th the graduating class of Warman High School is celebrating with a procession from the school, down Central Street, and up Centennial Boulevard, ending at the Legends Centre. Come cheer them on! Clap, cheer and wave safely from the sidewalk as the students make their way through the city.

Then on June 26th, they will have a drive-up graduation at Wyant Group Raceway, where they will be honoured by their families and fellow students.

What the last three months have shown us is that we adapt. We realized starkly and frankly that we need each other. Celebrating lifes accomplishments is important. We faced head-on the reality that relationships are essential to us and how we miss the things we once took for granted. It has become apparent that we need to nurture and care for each other during every situation. This is what makes us richer as humans and makes our lives more complete.

There is no doubt this is a year we will all remember.

In these times of adversity, let's shine. Dont let anything derail your plans. As the old saying goes, Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.And grads, one thing I have learned throughout my time on this earth is that life is full of surprises, some good and some not so good. This rock in your path is merely a stepping stone.

Mayor SpenceRemember graduates, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.

On behalf of Warman City Council and our community, I wish all of our graduates a whole-hearted congratulations! We are all ready for the class of 2020 to change the world, and we can't wait to see what each of you make of it.

~ Sheryl