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:

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:

NWT Seniors’ Society Board of Directors  2017-2018




Pat Short President

Leon Peterson


Alphonsine McNeely


John Soderberg


Sam Gargan

Board Member

Mavis Klause

Board Member

Alternate Board Members


Alternate For :

Lorell Gauthier

Mary Pat Short

Wendy Bisaro

John Soderberg

Florence Barnaby

Alphonsine McNeely

Margaret Rose Elleze

Sam Gargan

Terry Villeneuve

Mavis Klause


Barb Hood

Executive Director