"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King
The City of Warman celebrates volunteerism each year by awarding exceptional community members for their service and for their contributions to our city’s community spirit. It is a well-deserved recognition for these special people. This year we congratulated Peter Guenther (Citizen of the Year), Tyler Karst (Volunteer of the Year), Route 11 Creative Arts Centre (Committee of the Year), and Karanjit Bola and Janelle Johnston (Youth Volunteers of the Year).
As we see April slip into May, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you!” to all of our volunteers who invest their time and passion towards making a difference in the community. Volunteerism generates well-being for both the volunteer and the recipient. Taking the time to nurture, help out where needed, and truly care for one other are the elements needed to grow a strong and connected city alive with community spirit.
We live busy lives. It can be difficult to find extra time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Studies have shown that volunteering can help reduce stress, therefore having a great benefit to your overall health! It’s also a great way to make new friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even help your career. I know these to be true from my own personal experience.
I have witnessed and also benefited from the kind acts of neighbours and community members who see a need and step forward to fill it. This type of giving spirit fosters and develops a strong sense of community. This is the kind of city Warman is, and what makes it such a special place to call home.
I encourage you to lend a hand whenever and wherever you can – not because you get something back, but because you are able to give. Albert Schweitzer is quoted, “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”
Let’s be the kind of community that goes the extra mile.