“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”... Benjamin Franklin
Let's celebrate our volunteers of the past, present day and also, the future volunteers we will mentor and grow in the process.
Volunteer Week 2017 is April 23-29. National Volunteer Week is when we can all take time to recognize volunteers, and celebrate the power of volunteerism in our community.
Without volunteers, we would be a community without a soul. Volunteering gives us the opportunity to learn about ourselves, to learn about those around us, to build new relationships, and to help build stronger communities.
Here in Warman we should be proud of all the great accomplishments, and memories and friendships we have gained because of volunteerism. I will touch on a couple past key volunteer memories, beginning with a Warman's own arena, the Diamond Arena.
1964 was the Diamond Jubilee for Saskatchewan, it was also the year when the community spirit in Warman, Osler, Martensville and rural area worked together to build the Warman Arena. Now that is Regional thinking!
The building of the arena was a volunteer driven project that aligned with federal funding to commemorate Canada's Centennial in 1967. Indoor rinks and curling rinks was what every community wanted back then. The Warman Arena was finished in 1966 with a full sized hockey rink, two sheets of curing ice, a lobby and bleachers. Artificial ice making equipment was installed in 1968-69. Warman would be the first Arena in the Saskatchewan valley to have artificial ice, outside the big cities. This volunteer effort encompassed the entire community, near and far, who pitched in to help make this dream a reality for the community of Warman.
The young man behind the wheel barrow in this picture is Warman resident “Tun Harms”
In 2016, because of a dedicated group of volunteers who have served the community, Warman Diamond Arena would be renamed Warman Diamond Rodeo Arena. Thank you to the many volunteers, past and present, who continue to make the Warman Rodeo and annual event for our community.
The Warman Golf Course was built in approximately 1984, it was spearheaded and operated by volunteers. A core group of Warman residents led the efforts. A committee was formed that would see their dream of a community golf course become a reality. The course would be tucked into the south west corner of Warman on land that was owned by the Town of Warman. An agreement between the golf committee and the town would have the land leased to the golf committee for a $1.00 a year. With the location and agreement in place, the pasture would soon be transformed into a beautiful golf course.
The committee of volunteers would hold and participate in many fundraising efforts. This included working many bingos, first through the Warman's Lions Club, and then through the Warman Golf Course Committee. Their goal was to raise funds for a WHOLE (no pun intended) host of Golf Course improvements. There was great celebration, and feeling of pride when the sand greens became grass greens, and the clubhouse became the gathering spot for many. This busy nine hole golf course was well supported and enjoyed by people of all ages and visitors alike.
There are many stories like this that have laid the stepping stones that have formed a strong volunteer community. This in turn has linked many generations of families who serve their community in the very same way.
Fast forward to now and we continue to celebrate and say a special thank you to all volunteers in our community with our annual Volunteer Appreciation Supper. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year award recipients have been selected. We are pleased to share the dedication, passion, and mentorship these recipients have given to the City of Warman.
Youth Volunteer of the Year – Andrew Forsberg. Andrew is a busy young man, now studying at the University of Saskatchewan, and yet takes the time out of his busy young adult life to volunteer.
Some of his past volunteer positions were:
Safety Patroller at the Warman Elementary;
- SRC, Warman High School, many positions held and President his senior year;
- Warman High School, Drama department, again completely immersed in many different aspects;
- Volunteer Curling coach at Dalmeny Curling club and also Warman Middle School;
- Youth Coordinator at St. John's Lutheran Church and a member of the Board of Outreach; and
- He is an active volunteer with WERT (Warman Emergency Response Team.)
A positive role model, wise beyond his young years and a definite asset to the community. His zest for life and community is an inspiration. He has been and continues to be involved in a whole host of volunteering roles. Congratulations Andrew!!
Volunteer Committee of the Year, WERT; the Warman Emergency Response Team.
These volunteers are your neighbours, good women and men that have dedicated their time to learn critical skills to respond to emergency situations. They have taken time to prepare their homes, their lives, and their skills to become available at the time of highest demand in our community, when an emergency arises. Preparedness, communication, knowledge, skills and practice are essential elements and are critical to the success of this organization.
Randy Meginbir not only leads and co-ordinates WERT but he also serves as Warman's Emergency Management Coordinator. Randy designs all response coordination efforts between professional departments and has integrated the WERT volunteer model as an additional support to response efforts where capacity is overwhelmed. This is a first in Western Canada! This volunteer team is made up of approximately fifty dedicated residents who have given hours of time in the name of Warman. This dedication is outstanding, and such a valuable resource. Thank you to WERT, Randy Meginbir and the 50 dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to our community and to help its residents in an emergency.
Volunteer of the Year - Marshall Seed. Marshall’s selflessness is genuine, his passion is real and he is ready to step up to do whatever it takes to make positive changes in his community.
A few busy initiatives Marshall has devoted his time to in the last couple years:
- Crystal Brook Community Group ;
- Traditions Elementary School Playground Fundraising Committee;
- WERT (Warman Emergency Response Team); and
- Coaching his children’s sports teams.
Marshall Seed keeps things real, but positive. This gentle giant is a caring community leader. He is one step ahead, is first to offer his help, and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and jump right in, and get the job done.
There is nothing little about the light these Volunteers shine. Congratulations and thank you to our 2017 Volunteers.
“To all the volunteers in and around the community, past and present, we extend this same thank you and congratulations for taking that step, extending that hand, and getting involved. You all rock and Warman is a community with soul and care because of each of you.”
“Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much”…. Helen Keller