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.

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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.



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