The Voice for Seniors in Alberta

Seniors United Now

Who / What does SUN represent?

SUN stands for Alberta Seniors United Now Society and is registered under the Alberta
Societies Act (#5010654969)

Seniors United Now is a non-profit, non-partisan organization created on August 27, 2003 to
enable ALL Seniors in Alberta to contribute and truly participate in the well being of the province.

We are dedicated to ensuring the equitable treatment in the community, for Seniors by making
our collective voices heard.

We are committed to being a contributing part of the changes necessary to meet the dynamics
of a growing and changing Senior population.

Our Vision:  The Voice of Seniors in Alberta

Our Mission: To represent every Senior in Alberta as the leading advocate and resource on
issues affecting their quality of life.  Using our experience we seek to develop the most creative,
innovative and financially responsible solutions

What is SUN's history?

April 2003 - Yvonne Sutherland and Grahame Blundell form SUN to fight for Seniorís lost benefits

August 2003 - Bylaws registered - the Society is formed

November 2003 - Election of  1st Board

January 2004 - Membership Database created on computer; Bylaws updated

March 31, 2004 - 1st Annual General Meeting - Election of Officers

May 1, 2005- Appointment of Ron Ellis as  1st Executive Director

Seniors United Now came out of a turbulent and chaotic reaction to the government cutbacks to seniorsí
programs in 2003.   It has evolved into a much broader based, credible and dynamic organization that is a leading
resource and advocate on seniorsí issues.

Our organization has over 4000 paid members located all over Alberta with an active provincial board, an executive
director, an office manager and a coordinator of volunteers and a growing team of volunteers.   We currently have
chapters located In St. Albert, Sherwood Park and Edmonton with a mandate to expand to other areas of the
province.
SUN is a member of the Seniorsí Task Force under the umbrella of PIA (Public Interest Alberta) which involves
such organizations as ARTA (Alberta Retired Teachers), The United Nurses of Alberta, SALT (Seniors Action
Liaison Team), ACA (Alberta Council on Aging), Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), Friends of
Medicare and Whitemud Citizens for Public Health to name a few.

Our SUN provincial board meets and communicates regularly with government ministers of the legislature to
discuss and advocate on issues related to health care (long term care and home care in particular), supports and
benefits, pharmacare and taxation.

SUN stands for Alberta Seniors United Now Society and is registered under the Alberta Societies Act
(#5010654069).

How is SUN helping seniors?

SUN 2012 - 2013 Priorities

Major Priorities
Financial Concerns
A comprehensive review of financials supports reflective of todayís realities
Public Health Care
Primary health care will be publically funded and expanded to ensure all seniors receive appropriate and timely
healthcare support services
Home Care
Adequately resourced home-care compatible with need
Long Term Care
Elimination of the waiting list for long term care beds by significant increases in long-term care beds
Subsidized Housing
Implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure adequate low cost housing is available
Membership & Chapter Growth
Attract more members

Other Priorities
Senior Transportation  -  Improve accessibility
Eliminate "All Inclusive" clauses in Care Homes (rent & meals)
Standards of Care  -  Adherence to set standards
Physician Availability  - Ensure equitable distribution of Medical Doctors across the province

We COMMUNICATE:
with public officials by sending letters and attending meetings
with the media by sending out frequent media releases
with other seniors groups in the hope of achieving cooperation in our efforts
with individual seniors through presentations/rallies and our website/e-mail
through Regional Boards and Chapters

We PARTICIPATE:
in media interviews
cooperative efforts with other senior focused organizations

We produce RESULTS:
SUN is the largest Seniorsí advocacy organization in Alberta.
Seniors have gone from being a segment of Alberta citizens who were ignored and belittled, to a group that is
now being listened to.
SUN and itsí members have been instrumental in accomplishing the following topics:

What are some of SUN's results?

Do you remember the recent big deal about the governments plan to change the Pharma-Care
arrangements? Well SUN, along with many other Senior organizations in the Province, raised a very effective
negative response to the governmentís plan that the initiative was stopped and put on the shelf.
It may not be dead so we need to remain aware that it could resurface and if it does SUN will be back
advocating for our Seniors with all the Provinces MLAs.

Several MLAs have acknowledged that the Seniorís grass roots response was very effective in having the
government back off with their proposed Pharmaceutical plan.

Have you heard of the Seniors Property Tax Deferment Act? This Act was passed into legislation and
received Royal Assent in May 2012.SUN was instrumental in putting forward this plan as a way to help senior
homeowners stay in their homes longer. By taking advantage of the plan property  taxes can be deferred and
paid out of the equity of the home when it is sold or transferred. This will automatically give the homeowner
several hundred dollars disposable income per month which can be used however they see fit. The government
is putting together the final details which will be released in due course.  We have been advised in time for the
2013 tax year.  

How do you feel about the statement?
"If you donít engage government then they will continue to do their own thing"?

SUN is motivated by that statement as a primary reason for its existence. Over the past year Sun has sent
"Position Papers" and met with senior Cabinet Ministers on the following:
Property Tax Deferment Plan
The state of Seniors Health Care
Pharma Care
"Life Lease Act" legislation
Long Term Care Beds

SUN is presently expressing concern about the growing labor unrest in an increasing number of Alberta Care
Facilities.

SUN has embarked on a strategy to rejuvenate citizen participation in our democracy by organizing our
Chapters to develop a direct mutually supportive working relationship between SUN Chapter members and
their MPs, MLAs, and Municipal Officials.

SUN has also been working and having success with individual member concerns in negotiating the complex
of government agencies to get answers and solutions.

How can Seniors help themselves?

SUN members must realize that the effectiveness of these activities is hugely influenced by the size of our
membership.  Seniors are in the unique position of having knowledge and experience beyond the ordinary. 

We have a responsibility to use that knowledge and experience to guide our elected officials and they have a
responsibility to listen.


1. Become a member now.

2. Renew your annual membership.

3. Talk to your relatives, friends and neighbours and encourage them up to sign up as SUN members.

One member of SUN shared the following story with us:

She was asked by her children what would she like for her birthday?  Like most seniors she had learned the
need to be frugal and had long since accumulated the functional household items required.  Admittedly she
was finding it more and more difficult to pay her monthly living costs but this was not something she wished to
burden others with.  Her answer - she asked each of her children to become members of SUN and to actively
participate to bring about a better life for all persons as they grow older.

4. Make a donation and encourage others to make a donation.

5. Exercise your vote.

6. Volunteer.

7. Attend Annual General Meeting, rallies and other activities organized by SUN.

8. Contact government MLAís by sending letters and making telephone calls.

Who can be a member of SUN?

Any person in Alberta can become a member of SUN. 


However, only those people 55 and older may vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Non-Albertans can also be non-voting associate members.


Visit our JOIN page for more details...

How do I apply for membership? How long is the membership valid?

You can apply for an annual membership (that will be renewed on your anniversary date) by filling out an
application form and send it to the office along with payment (cheque or cash).
Annual:  $15 per year per person  |  $25 per year per couple

Lifetime: $150 per person  |  $250 per couple

Association/Group membership: $100 annually


To get an application form CLICK HERE

If you require assistance please:

Send us an email from our contact us page
Give the office a call at 780-449-1816 or Toll Free 1-855-786-8669
or visit the office in Sherwood Park.

Please complete the form with your your name, address, and phone number and submit along with your
membership payment to:  

SUN
#15, 2016 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X3

Donations, in addition to membership fees are accepted, thank you.

Do government or private funds subsidize SUN?

SUN is entirely funded by membersí fees and fundraising activities. 

WE ACCEPT NO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

We will accept grants and donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations in order to help
minimize our membership fees

If you or your corporation wish to financially assist SUN, please contact our administrator.  You may also call
the office at 780-449-1816.  Thank you.

How are my membership fees being used?

Your membership fees are used for the usual office expenses, rent, photocopying, postage, internet access.

In addition, a significant portion of membership fees is spent on communicating with and keeping our
members informed. 

We encourage our members to read our quarterly newsletter - The Sunburst, attend the Annual General
Meeting, Regional meetings, Chapter meetings and other functions organized by SUN.

We have two paid part-time employees: Office Administrator and an Executive Director

The majority of salary expenses are covered by fundraising activities.

Directors are not paid, however they are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses when they are on SUN
business.

How do I spread the word about SUN in my community?

Talk to your friends, neighbours & relatives about SUN and what we are trying to accomplish. 

Urge them to become members or make a donation. 

You can also call the office to request that we send out to you a brochure and applications to help with the
recruiting process.

... and share this website with them  www.seniorsunitednow.com and share us on your social network!
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Who are the Board of Directors and how are they elected?

The Board of Directors is comprised of "no fewer than five(5) and no more than eleven (11)" directors
representing a varied group of mostly retired people. 

You can view their biographies here.  The Directors are elected at the AGM and are to serve a term of 2 years.  If
a Director wishes to continue on the board they must be reelected at the Annual General Meeting. 

If required, the Board of Directors may appoint Acting Directors; however, they must then be confirmed at the
next AGM.

How do I contact SUN?


Phone: 780-449-1816

Toll Free: 1-855-786-8669

Fax:
780-449-1475

E-mail:
Contact Us page


Address:

SUN (Seniors United Now)
#15, 2016 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X3
1-855-786-8669 (toll free)
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