The Village of Warfield has long been a close knit community. Civic leaders serve their friends and neighbours for many years, putting in many hours and achieving big things along with way.
So as staff and volunteers prepare for the annual Warfield Community Day on Saturday, a special event has been added to the roster this year.
“Naming of the Lanes” is a presentation slated for noon in the Village Park Square, to honour two very familiar faces in Warfield – former mayors Bill Trewhella and Jim Nelson.
“The ‘Naming of the Lanes’ is something that came about as a way to recognize the previous mayors’ contributions to the village,’” says Warfield Mayor Ted Pahl.
“It is a combination of public feedback and the desire of council to recognize the years of service by these two gentlemen,” he shared.
“The criteria that was used here was, total contribution and multiple successive terms as mayor. Both these men spend a great deal of time dedicated to making Warfield a better place.”
The lanes will be part of the Warfield municipal hall, Pahl added.
“We have had custom signs that will be unveiled at this year’s Warfield Day.”
Both men served as mayor and councillor as well as volunteer firemen.
“It’s quite an honour, I am moved by it,” Trewhella told the Trail Times. “My family is my first obligation and priority in life but next to that, is the village. I’ve met a lot of friends and we’ve done a lot of good things in the village while I was mayor, and for those, I am happy.”
One project he’s particularly proud to have been part of is Arnold Lauriente Way.
“We did it in four stages, even kids from the village took part in doing the planting,” recalled Trewhella. “The big thing for me – all the kids in Upper Warfield didn’t have to cross the highway twice a day to go to school after that. And now, of course, thousands of people have walked Lauriente Way, and I’m proud of that.”
Jim Nelson retired from politics in 2014 following one last bid for the mayoral seat.
“It certainly is a privilege to be considered to have a lane named after you,” he said. “And it’s certainly been a privilege to serve the citizens of Warfield.”
Community Day kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Warfield Community Hall. Next is the parade, from 11:15 a.m. until noon, “Naming of the Lanes” in the Village Park Square and a free swim at the pool, weather permitting. Two seatings for a barbecue steak and hamburger dinner at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. round out an afternoon of musical entertainment, carnival games, relay races and a “Money Dig” courtesy of Korpack.
For information, contact Warfield recreation at 250.368.8202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.