The Voice for Seniors in Alberta
Seniors United Now
Seniors United Now is a non-partisan, non-profit Society that provides a venue for discussion and united actions on the needs, concerns and challenges that affect all Alberta Seniors
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Wayne Sorenson – Secretary and Chairperson North Edmonton
Wayne worked for Alberta Transportation and Utilities for 30 years, the Alberta Construction Safety Association for six years and formed and operated his own consulting company for five years.
Some of his work positions were Chief Draftsman, Occupational Health and Safety Officer and Construction Industry trainer. Wayne obtained his U of A Occupational Health and Safety Certificate in1992.
He has coached many hockey and soccer teams and was instrumental in forming the Summer Village of Birch Cove. He served on the village council for 6 years. Wayne’s hobbies include golf, painting, auto body work and other lake activities.
Wayne and his wife Margaret have 2 Sons and six grandchildren and enjoy watching them in their activities. Prior to becoming involved with the SUN, Wayne was also a Director of Alberta Society for Pension Reform. Currently he is also the Chapter Chairperson for the North Edmonton Sun Chapter.
Wayne has been a Board member for the last seven years and is excited about continuing in that role.
Gerald Northam - Vice President
Prior to retiring Gerry had a varied career in
education, charity administration and health
care holding a variety of positions from HR
Director, Management Engineer, VP, Senior
VP, President / CEO working both in Canada
and the USA in facilities from a single site to
large multi site organizations.
Gerry is a teacher with a love for research
and how to do things better and has a
passion for seniors.
Gerry is married to Enid and they have two
sons and two grandsons.
Robert Price - Director
Robert retired as a teacher and Coordinator in 2003 from Grande Prairie College Adult Upgrading in the Grande Cache Campus. Prior to the eleven years working there, he spent 30 years teaching mainly at the secondary level in rural western Alberta and Edmonton. His main subjects were social studies and English. In the early 1970’s he served as vice-principal of Niton Junction School.
Robert also worked in politics mainly at the local level, running for MLA 1971. Also, he coached volleyball and basketball at the junior and senior high school level, followed the fortunes of the Edmonton Eskimos and Oilers, and spent time writing both fiction and non-fiction, some of it published.
Since retiring, he has become involved in Provincial politics again, and with various senior organizations such as SWESA, Heritage Senior Centre and SUN. He served in political offices such as president, treasurer, and Financial Agent for Edmonton-Rutherford for three Provincial elections. He is also co-chair of South Edmonton SUN Chapter and now a member of the Provincial SUN Board.
William Holtz - Treasurer
William retired in 2008 after 30 years with Imperial Oil as Senior Project Manager / Environmental Specialist. Prior to that William worked for a contracting firm specializing in underwater concrete repair, and before that he served as an Engineering Officer at Base Borden and as an Artillery Officer at Base Petawawa. William obtained his Bachelor of Engineering at R.M.C.
William’s volunteer work has included Barrie Planning Commission, Junior Achievers, Boy Scouts, Soccer, Minor Soccer, Minor Baseball and, old-timer Hockey. In addition, being an organizer and Treasurer in various local political constituencies and as a CFO ibn various Provincial Elections.
William is married with two sons.
Gordon Voth – President
Gordon retired in 1996 after 7 years as Executive Director of Northwestern Health Services. Prior to that he was employed for 15 years with Capital Care in the positions of Assistant Executive Director, a long term care facility Administrator, and Regional Financial Controller.
Gordon has a Diploma in Health Care Management and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Gordon's volunteer work has included membership on health care and long term care public committees, Public Member - College of Physical Therapists of Alberta Council, and Treasurer of Saint Thomas's Anglican Church.
Gordon is married, with 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
Stan Poznanski – Director
Stan is a retired senior with over 40 years in Federal Civil Service in three departments:
• 2 years in Department of National Defence
• 24 years in Public Work and Government Services Canada
• 14 years in Environment Canada. He is a Life Time Member of ASET (Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists) at RET level.
Currently he is also a Vice- Chair of the Sherwood Park and County of Strathcona SUN Chapter. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Adult Acolyte at OLPH church in Sherwood Park. Stan has been married to Linda for 50 years, and they have two grown sons, and two grandchildren.
Dellah Cohlmin - Secretary
Dellah, second of eleven children was born into a
farming family in Saskatchewan where she developed
a love for sunsets, stars and northern lights.
A business opportunity for her Father brought them to
Alberta. She is grateful to the Public-School System
for her love of learning and reading. Dellah received
post-secondary training (nurse and social work) in
Ontario and Alberta.
Always concerned about the needs of individuals and
especially the underprivileged her political work and
support has been in that area. She is a member of
Dying with Dignity.
Every Sunday Dellah volunteers to coordinate free Computer Sessions at Scona Senior Center, where University of Alberta students volunteer their time, to help seniors on a ‘one on one' basis to navigate digital technology. Dellah also manages the Scona Art Gallery where 20% of sales are donated to Scona.
As Dellah neared retirement, she developed a love of painting from an instructor who taught the basics of oil painting. Her two paintings of orchids won 1st and 2nd prize at the 2001 Edmonton Orchid Show. Dellah also won an award for stained glass art, demonstrated decorative candle making on TV and at the Provincial Museum. Other hobbies include astronomy, sewing, furniture refinishing, gardening but painting is her favorite.
She paints twice a week with other seniors at Laurier Heights Community Hall.