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, fill out the membership form here.

Our Mandate:

The NWT Seniors’ Society is dedicated to promoting the independence and well-being of older citizens through the provision of programs and services in partnership with responsible government departments and other organizations.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

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

Our 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 2017 – 2018:


Name Position
Mary Pat Short President
Leon Peterson Past-President
Alphonsine McNeely Vice-President
Tom Makepeace Secretary
John Soderberg Treasurer
Sam Gargan Board member
Brenda Jerome Board member
Mavis Klause Board member
Annie Goose Board member
Alternate Board Members
Lorell Gauthier Mary Pat Short
Florence Barnaby Alphonsine McNeely
Pat Burnstead Tom Makepeace
Wendy Bisaro John Soderberg
Margaret Rose Elleze Sam Gargan
Elizabeth Kunnizzie Brenda Jerome
Terry Villeneuve Mavis Klause
Connie Alanak Annie Goose