“Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.”
I have said it on many occasions, the fabric of our community has been made stronger by the many residents who have spent countless hours giving back to Warman. Today, I want to talk about the exceptional and humble community service of two long time Warman residents, Peter and Mary Guenther.
Peter and Mary have spent their lives giving back to their community. With a strong foundation of faith and giving, they worked hard over the years to set an example of living a life of volunteerism in the community. As a result, they have created a legacy in this community that will last generations and they have also helped to build a strong family and a strong community.
When I think of the contributions that the Guenther’s have made to our community, I am so thankful that they chose to volunteer in the Warman over the years. They have created a community within our community that is dedicated to making Warman the best place to call home. For those residents in Warman who may not know these two humble, faithful and kind individuals, I want to take the time to share with you just some of the many contributions they have made.
I want to begin with Peter. A positive and quiet leader in the community, Peter has done so much over the years all while asking for little in return. Some of the significant contributions he has made to our community include teaching Sunday School for over 40 years, teaching bible classes at the Warman Mennonite Special Care home, and leading the Warman Drop In Seniors Centre for the past 16 years. His love of giving back to the community has impacted the lives of so many in Warman and for that we will be forever grateful.
Mary has also been by Peter’s side volunteering with various organizations and causes over the years. Some of her contributions include volunteering for over a decade at the Thrift Shop, an organization that consistently gives back to the community and spending time assisting with the bingos at the Warman Mennonite Special Care Home for the past 8 years. Mary’s dedication to Warman is woven into many areas of our community and I know for certain Warman has benefited in so many ways because of her.
Peter and Mary are shining examples of residents becoming involved and shaping the future of their community. I truly believe that the smallest acts can change the world for the better and I think that these two Warman residents have changed Warman and the lives of its residents for the better.
Before I end today I want to share one of my fondest memories of the Guenther’s throughout the years as I think it so clearly shows who these two incredible residents are. Every year the City of Warman Council is invited to attend the annual Christmas program at the Seniors Drop in Centre. From the invitation to the greeting at the door, the Guenther’s welcome makes you feel as though you are part of not only their community but their family. Each year we leave knowing that people like Mary and Peter are living in our community and are doing their best to make the best version of Warman possible.
So, from all of us on Warman City Council, City staff and the residents of Warman I want to thank Peter and Mary for their leadership, dedication and community service.
“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.”