Village of Warfield Community Comment: Busy time in Warfield including upcoming Focus Sessions

"...it was clear right away to council that we have a thriving community."

Since the elections in November, the new Village of Warfield Mayor, Ted Pahl and Council, Shane Ferraro, Diane Langman, Tom Milne and Brett Rakuson, have been busy learning their roles on council.

Getting through the Christmas season and seeing the different functions that occur in the Village, it was clear right away to council that we have a thriving community.

December we had a Volunteer Dinner, a Seniors Tea, Breakfast with Santa put on by Warfield Recreation Commission, and various other meetings with council’s appointed committees.

January we had the startup of several new programs with Warfield Recreation including the Warfield LEGO Club, Indoor Floor Hockey at Webster school, a Crochet Club as well as programs that continue to run out of the Community Hall including Scouts, Girl Guides, Yoga, Badminton and Bridge Club.

The Warfield Recreation Commission also had a very successful Warfield Movie Night with over 90 people attending to watch a movie at the hall, have popcorn and pizza.

The next event they have planned is a “Just Dance Party” on Feb. 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Hall.  Warfield Recreation Commission is also seeking out new members to join!  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Teresa at recreation@shawlink.ca or Councillor Diane Langman at diane.langman@warfield.ca.

March 1, from 4-6 p.m., the youth of Warfield, ages 12-18 are encouraged to come to the Warfield Community Hall for a Focus Session to find out what our Youth of Warfield would like to see in the community.

We would like to start up a Youth Action Committee, where our teens would have something to do, whether it’s an educational course, volunteerism, movie nights, etc.  We hope to have a large turnout to gather information and enjoy some pizza!

In partnership with CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy), Warfield Council and our Recreation Director are organizing a Seniors Focus Session and Tea on March 11th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn what interests and activities the Seniors, ages 55 and better, would like to see go on within the Village.  This will take place at the Warfield Community Hall.

Council is currently working towards budget and goal setting.  Strategic Planning is another thing that council is looking forward to developing so that we can gain a vision for the next four years.

Things that have been discussed at council meetings that as a group we are working towards include a new website, social media and communication strategy, long term planning and discussions with the City of Trail in regards to a new recreation agreement.

We also have contract negotiations coming up with our Public Works crew and office staff.

There are several new committees we are looking at developing within the Village including a Finance Committee, Communication Committee and Infrastructure committee. We have applications out for our Board of Variance and have reappointed our Library Board Representative and appointed a second Library Board Member in Warfield.

A few challenges we are facing include a leak in an old section of the roof at the Community Hall and Village Office and a parking bylaw that we are currently amending.

Any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Warfield Village Office at (250)368-8202 or by e-mail warfield@shawlink.ca.

We are looking forward to working within our community and keeping Warfield an amazing place to live!

Community Comment is an opportunity for elected officials from our local municipalities to update citizens in the region on the events, plans and progress in their respective communities. Every Friday, the Trail Times will present, on a rotating basis, a submission from councils, school trustees or regional district directors.

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