Message from Glen Abernethy

Glen Abernethy: New Investments in Mental Health and in Home and Community Care

Delivered on February 21, 2018

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the Government of Northwest Territories has signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government to invest new resources into mental health and addictions services, as well as home and community care.

This investment will provide approximately $6 million over the next five years, including $2.4 million for mental health and addictions services, and $3.6 million for home and community care services.

Not only do these investments support key objectives in both our Child and Youth Mental Wellness Action Plan and our Continuing Care Services Action Plan, they also align with the Mandate of the 18th Legislative Assembly.

Our government is has made a commitment in the mandate to support Elders to live in their homes as long as possible and to providing quality long-term care when this option is no longer available.

The investments for home and community care will be used to develop a paid family/community caregiver option for residents who manage their own care. This initiative will provide individuals with an option to meet their care needs and access home supports currently not available to them through an existing home and community care program.

It will also support the implementation of an updated, evidence-based assessment tool for home and community care, called the International Resident Assessment Instrument.  This new tool will ensure individuals receive home and community care services based on their assessed care needs, with the goal of supporting Seniors and Elders in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

Mr. Speaker, the Northwest Territories has a history of resilience, strength and a strong commitment to helping one another.  However, the impacts of colonization and residential schools continue to challenge the wellness of our people and communities. 

One area where we can see evidence of these impacts is the issue of suicide.  Currently, there are a number of services available across the NWT to assist residents facing mental health challenges, including the Community Counselling Program, the NWT Help Line, the On the Land Healing Fund, Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. 

While these services and supports are already in place, we know that we can do more to support communities and our government has made a commitment in its mandate to enhance access to culturally appropriate programs and services.  One of the ways we will be doing this for suicide prevention is by targeting investments for mental health and addictions to the development and implementation of a Territorial Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support Network.

Mr. Speaker, this initiative will enhance culturally appropriate approaches to suicide prevention, provide support to communities to build a sense of hope and meaning while also improving our ability to provide a timely response to community needs in the event of a crisis.

This support network will complement our existing mental health and addictions options and is in line with the Strategic Framework for Mental Health and Addictions Recovery and with the recently released Child and Youth Mental Wellness Action Plan.

I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their 10-year commitment to strengthen supports for home and community care and mental health and addictions in the Northwest Territories.  These investments will improve key services for residents of the Northwest Territories.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Lunch with a Bunch

March 2nd, 2018 LUNCH WITH A BUNCH

Good day to Everyone:

It is with great pleasure that we are going to be having our first LWAB March 2nd, 2018.  We will starting this off with a  ST. David's Day lunch, brought to you by Merlyn and Joyce Williams.  lunch will consist of Faggots, Mushy peas and other surprises.

Please come out and enjoy our first meal after the long awaited Kitchen Reno's.

Looking forward to see you all



We are looking for 8-10 seniors to work with students from St Pat's High School.  What this means.

We are putting together a a computer program called Cyber Seniors.  What that means the students are going to teach you how to use the computer and your tablet and programs.

The program starts Monday Feb 12th at 10:20am til 11:05am.

The class will be Monday tuesday and Wednesday at St Pat's for the following 6 weeks.

If you are interested please email me at









Good day to Everyone:

We just wanted to let you know that the Kitchen Reno is well underway.  The YK Seniors' Society will not be having LWAB over the next while.  We will be updating everyone on the progress of this project.  If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your understanding as we go through this.

President  YK Seniors' Society

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Good morning,

This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we’re starting conversations to help people see dementia differently.

We’ve spoken to people living with dementia from across the country who’ve shared openly about their challenges and triumphs. Now, they’re sharing their stories with the world to increase understanding of what it’s really like to live with dementia and what actions we can all take to end dementia stigma.

They want you to know that life goes on after diagnosis, and that with the right help and support, people with dementia can still get a lot out of life.

But don’t take our word for it—hear it directly from Mary Beth, who was diagnosed when she was 45 and became a fierce advocate for the rights of people with dementia. Or from Roger, who was diagnosed at 57 but will tell you that his hopes and dreams in life have not changed. There’s also Mario, who got his diagnosis a year after he retired and, while it changed what he expected of his future, he has embraced it anyway, volunteering in his community, and taking up photography to express himself creatively. And then there’s Naomi, whose mum was diagnosed at 54, and who is a dedicated daughter, caregiver, and advocate for change in the way dementia is viewed in Canada.  You can read about each of their journeys via the web-link below.

People living with dementia have experiences and they can educate us—we just need to listen.

It’s time to see dementia differently.

Do you have a public board in your office? Please post attached to help us spread awareness.

Follow us on social media: 
•    Facebook:
•    Instagram:
•    Twitter:

For more information please see or contact your local Alzheimer Society office.

Many thanks,

Martha MacLellan, Regional Lead
Alzheimer Society Alberta & Northwest Territories
Suite 116, 5109 48th St.  Yellowknife, NT X1A 1N5
Phone: (867) 669-9390  Fax: (867) 669-9392

Winners of 2017 Raffle

2017 Raffle prizes
Early Bird Draw: $1000 Cash, courtesy of Lloyd Lush L&D Scrap Metals    Winner Terry Woolf

Prize #1 - $3000 Cash, courtesy of Kavanaugh Bros LTD and KBL Environmental LTD  WINNER  Robert Mulders

Prize #2 - WESTJET trip for 2 anywhere WESTJET flies  WINNER Deborah Clunie

Prize #3 - Home Heating Fuel, value $2000.00 courtesy of Matonabee Petroleum WINNER Michael Pellissey

Prize #4 -$1500.00 Cash courtesy of Norland Insurance Agencies  WINNER Karen Francis

Prize #5 - $1000.00 Cash courtesy of The Eggenberger Group  WINNER Emelda King

Prize #6 -  $1000.00 Cash courtesy of Aurora Telecom Services  WINNER Louise Lavoie

Prize #7 - $1000.00 Cash courtesy of Homes North  WINNER Micheal Sickles

Prize #8 - $500 Gift Card, courtesy of Quality Furniture  WINNER Kenna Gosselin

Prize #9 -  $500.00 Cash courtesy of Home Life Real Estate WINNER Rob Collinson

Prize #10 - $500.00 Cash courtesy of Break-Away Drilling and Blasting LTD WINNER Angela Bigg

Prize #11 - $500.00 Cash courtesy of DeBeers Canada LTD WINNER Chris Hoiland

Prize #12 - $500.00 Cash Courtesy of Nahanni Construction LTD WINNER Cathy Lee Menard

Prize #13 - Spa Package plus Gift Basket, total Value $445.00, courtesy of Julie Green, MLA Yellowknife Centre  WINNER Mary Lou Morgan

Prize #14 - Trip for 2 to Aurora Village for Aurora Viewing valued at $260. WINNER Doug Gillard

Prize #15 - $250.00 Gift Card courtesy of YK Direct Charge CO-OP Gas Bar.  WINNER Peter Austin

Prize #16 - Electric Garage Door Opener, value of $249.99 courtesy of Corothers Home Building Centre WINNER Elizabeth Biscaye

Dec 15th Announcements

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday December 15th , 2017

Lunch today is sponsored by Northland Utilities. WE would like to Thank Lori and the WONDERFUL staff of Northland Utilities for coming in today and having lunch and Celebrating the Holiday Season with us.

Seniors Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary from the Legion and the Boy Scouts. Was a great time had by all.  The Ladies Auxiliary donated $1000.00 back to the Yk Seniors Society.

The YK Square Dancing Group Donated over $8K to the YK Seniors Society on Dec 10th.  We are very grateful for this donation.  If you have any ideas on how to use this money please let me know.  The Board of Directors are looking for ideas from the members.

Thursday Dec 28th is our Annual Open house and Raffle Draw.  The doors will open at 12:30 and the Draw will be at 2:00pm.  Please bring your holiday baking and such to share with all your friends that day.
We will be closed the following dates in DECEMBER 25, 26, 27 and 29th. Regular opening on Jan 2nd 2018

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.

Seniors Legion Dinner Thank you

On Sunday Dec 10th, 2017 The Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion in Yellowknife and the Boys Scouts of Canada, made the most amazing and Delicious dinner for the seniors.  We had Dave and Sherry come and entertain us along with 4 amazingly talented ladies that came in and sang.  And of course Santa.  The evening was complete with gifts for everyone..

Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion in Yellowknife for the most amazing time.

The Board of Directors and the YK Seniors Society

Dec 1st Announcements

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday December 1st , 2017
Lunch today is POT LUCK

Friday Dec 1st at 1:30 at the Baker Community Centre Education Culture and Employment will be coming to do a Presentation on their Fuel Subsidy program and other programs that are offered by Education Culture and Employment.

    Wednesday Dec 13th at 1:30pm Seniors Tea at the Legislative Assembly

SOLD OUT SOLD OUT Sunday Dec 10th starting at 3:30 Seniors Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary from the Legion and the Boy Scouts.  .

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.

LOOKING for Volunteers for the Gift Shop at the Hospital

The Stanton Territorial Hospital Auxiliary operates the gift shop in the hospital.  Currently we are open every afternoon for two hours during the week, one evening and occasionally on Saturdays.  We are looking for additional volunteers to extend our hours and also to serve as back-up when our regular volunteers are not available.  

Working in the gift shop involves interacting with customers, operating a cash register and restocking shelves as needed.  If you are interested, please contact me Muriel Tolleyat 446-8126 or by email at  

Thank you.
Muriel Tolley
President, Stanton Territorial Hospital Auxiliary

October 27th announcements

Lunch with a Bunch

Yellowknife Seniors’ Society

Friday October 27th 2017

Lunch today is sponsored by the True North Rotary Club of Yellowknife.

Happy Halloween

It is that time a year again and we are going to start looking for Bake Goods for the YK Seniors Annual Craft Sale.  The sale is going to be Saturday Nov 18th starting at 10:00am and going till 3:30pm.

·       I am also putting the tables together for this year’s sale.  If you are interested in a table please let me know.  The cost of the table is $30.00 and you need to be a member of the YK seniors Society.

·       Lane bowling will now be starting at the King Pin, Wednesdays at 3:30 each week.

·       Monday November 13th the Baker Community Centre will be closed in lieu of Remembrance Day

·       Thursday November 16th at 2pm.  Yellowknife Seniors’ Society and Health and Social Services will be holding a FREE presentation regarding HOMECARE.  If you have any questions or concerns please come out and see what it is all about and how the program works

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.



The City of Yellowknife wants to hear from you! Residents are invited to complete a short Budget Priorities Survey found on­line at by Wednesday, October 25.

The survey is based on results from the Citizen’s Survey and will assist to implement a range of strategies and actions that can address the concerns expressed by residents about our community.

Help us plan for tomorrow. Participate, Learn, Discuss.


Happy Halloween