About Us

About Us

The NWT Seniors’ Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1983 under the Societies Act of the NWT.

The Society provides information, acts as a resource and support for seniors and elders across the NWT. The Society is the only voluntary agency representing the individual and collective interests of all seniors and elders in the NWT. You may be a voting member of the NWT Seniors’ Society when you reach 50 years of age.

The Society is also made up of member organizations representing the interests of seniors and elders throughout the NWT. The Board of Directors, who must be 60 years of age or over, consists of representatives from various regions of the NWT and be appointed by their community.

The NWT Seniors’ Society provides:

  • Toll Free Seniors’ Information Line (1 800 661 0878)
  • Advice to governments and communities which supports and promotes policy development, programs and services to enhance the lives of older adults;
  • Community workshops on topics and issues which affect seniors and elders;
  • Youth and Seniors Literacy projects to build intergenerational supports and enhance the strengths of both age groups at the community level; and
  • An Annual General Meeting, periodically held outside of Yellowknife, with a Seniors’ Information Highway and opportunities for seniors and elders to talk with service providers and government departmental staff about issues which affect them.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, find the membership form here.

Our Mandate

To ensure seniors have dignity, independence, participation, fairness and security within the community.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Older Adults in the NWT came into effect on September 22, 2006.

Vision

At the strategic planning workshop, the Board Members articulated the following vision

“We see the NWT Seniors’ Society as a respected and proactive organization that makes things work for NWT seniors/elders by listening and responding to seniors/elders through support, expert guidance and direction, activism, and advocacy on seniors’/elders’ needs and issues”

Our Board 2016 – 2017

Ann Firth-Jones (Hay River): President

Leon Peterson (Fort Smith): Past President

Mary Pat Short (Fort Smith): Vice President

Violet Beaulieu (Fort Resolution): Secretary

Merlyn Williams (Yellowknife): Treasurer

Brenda Jerome (Inuvik): Board Member

Florence Barnaby (Fort Good Hope): Board Member

Sam Gargan (Fort Providence): Board Member

Julia Cockney (Tuktoyaktuk): Board Member