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NWT Senior Society News Release October 12th, 2017

NWT Seniors’ Society News Release

Appointment of Board of Directors, NWT Seniors’ Society

Yellowknife (October 12, 2017) – The NWT Seniors’ Society held their Annual General Meeting in Yellowknife on October 4, 2017. Regional representatives for the positions on the Board of Directors were confirmed by the membership and the Board re-elected Mary Pat Short as the President for the upcoming year.

Mary Pat Short, President of Fort Smith Senior Citizens’ Society brings extensive leadership experience to the President’s position. She was an educator in Nunavut and the NWT for many years; Principal of Aurora College’s Teacher Education Program, served on the Executive of the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association and chaired its Status of Women Committee for seven years. Additionally, she was the founding Chairperson of the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission for eight years.

The Executive Committee members were also elected from their peer Board Members. Alphonsine McNeely from Fort Good Hope was elected Vice-President; Tom Makepeace, Hay River, was elected Secretary and John Soderberg, Yellowknife, will hold the position of Treasurer. Leon Peterson is currently the Past-President, a position he has held for several years.

During the Annual General Meeting, Hon Glen Abernethy, Minister Responsible for Seniors, was the Guest Speaker and spoke about the Continuing Care Services Action Plan and answered questions from the membership and the community members who attended.

For more information about the NWT Seniors’ Society you may go to our websites, and to learn more about our work.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Hood Executive Director, Phone: (867) 920-7444, Email:



Come join us at the Baker Center on October 3rd and 4th for information on a variety of topics, great presentations, and amazing guest speakers.

Starting at 9am on October 3rd, we have a variety of presentations with presenters from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Cancer Society, NWT Literacy Council, and the NWT Association of Communities. Service providers from the NWT will also be present from 9-7 providing information and assistance on issues relating to housing, pensions, home heating subsidies, and Alzheimer’s. Come join us the next day as well on October the 4th starting at 10am for the NWT Seniors’ Society Annual General Meeting which will include Special Guest Speaker, Minister Glen Abernethy.

Refreshments will be served both days! For more information, see the attached poster and agenda found here!

We hope to see you there!