“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community” ....Anthony J. D’Angelo.
When one neighbour helps another we strengthen our community. On Wednesday, September 26th, Great Plains College, and the City of Warman partnered in the annual ‘Day of Service’. A huge thank you Great Plains for taking community service to that next level and organizing ways to reach and support our community in some really cool ways.
Over the last few years the college has organized this community event and rallied volunteers to get involved. Each year Great Plains Staff, students, City of Warman Mayor, Council and community volunteers come together to participate in this event. Volunteers lend a helping hand at the Warman Special Care Home, where they read and visit with the residents and help clean out their flower gardens. Volunteers have also branched out throughout the City of Warman to clean up our parks and green spaces. Great Plains College hosted activities for community daycares and community volunteers also attended Diamond house where they did crafts and activities with the residents.
From the students that participated today in their first ‘Day of Service’, they noted that after this experience they would like to volunteer on a regular basis. For the 50 preschool students who arrived at Great Plains College, you truly enriched and filled the hearts of not only the teachers today but of the student volunteers who worked with you. This “Day of Service” brought smiles, a purpose and a great reward to each person involved.
I also want to extend a huge thank you to the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce for preparing and serving the volunteers a delicious lunch.
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: “Happiness is found in helping others.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement as I have seen and experienced this first hand.
It is really heartwarming to see this kind of service coming from people who call Warman home, and extra special to see the volunteers who don’t live in our community share themselves in the same way.
It has been said by William Arthur Ward – “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most beautiful day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day.” Today in Warman it was truly a beautiful, triumphant, and rewarding day for me, and hopefully for everyone who was part of ‘Day of Service’, either by giving or receiving.
A huge bouquet of thanks to everyone who took part in this fantastic day!