Merlyn Horton ~ Executive Director
Merlyn Horton is a chic Mac she-geek that started her professional career as a youthworker and street outreach program pioneer. Starting in Calgary AB in the early 1980's until the end of her frontline career in 2000, she worked with high risk youth in many different residential and community settings. Knows as a strong advocate, she created a new career for herself over the last 12 years as the founder and Executive Director of SOLOS.
A true innovator, she blends her strong foundation of teaching sexual health, counselling youth and studying adolescent development with her lifelong interest in technology. (Self - lol) described as dynamic, passionate and brilliant, she has presented workshops and lectures throughout Canada to over 75,000 people. While travelling extensively throughout the province of British Columbia she has crafted specialized materials for audiences ranging from large urban non-profit organizations, to small First Nations youth groups.
In 2007, she was the lead author on “Bridging the Gap: Best Practices and Policies to Address the Online High Risk Activities of Youth in B.C.”, a template for an integrated human service response to internet issues. Merlyn is the recipient of the 2003 Myrtle Everett Woman of the Year Award and a 2008 B.C. Crime Prevention Individual Achievement Award.
Cathy Crawford, Business Manager
Cathy has been with SOLOS since 2011 and is the go-to person for all the administrative and booking information. A dynamic and fun loving person, Cathy is proud to be a part of our organisation and is always happy to help our clients in any way possible. As a mother of four, she understands the need for education of online safety to our children. In her non-working hours, Cathy is a Director on the Mission Arts Council Board and a Coordinator of the Mission Folk Music Festival, and beyond that can be found in her garden, house or if it's a really good day, behind a sewing machine!
Buffy Cornell, Presentation Facilitator
Buffy Cornell is new to the SOLOS team and comes from a background in Mental Health research. She's begun to concur the world of internet safety and awareness, quickly realizing the great need to educate our youth who are eagerly discovering the ins and outs of the internet with little to no boundaries constraining them. She enjoys the challenge of making learning fun, and finding new ways to teach and interact with all ages.
Regional Schools Presentations Coordinator, Alberta
Dolphin Kasper has been facilitating workshops and doing presentations for over fifteen years. In that time, he has developed a unique and incredibly effective way of reaching his audience and bringing them to concepts and realizations that leave lasting impacts.
In his time facilitating and working with youth Dolphin has had the chance to work and learn in a wide variety of incredible environments with so many talented people.
From hands-on youth work with at-risk youth in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, to coaching athletes training with Canada’s National Beach Volleyball Team in their quest to go to the Olympic Games, his experiences have allowed him to not only learn about society and how human beings function within it, but also about his own humanity. What has made all of these experiences even more valuable is that Dolphin always approaches them with an unfailing drive and desire to know more fully and more deeply the WHY of life. From this place of self-knowledge and compassion he brings an authentic, accessible and engaging quality to his speaking.
A world-class coach and dynamic facilitator, Dolphin has a genuine love of working with young people and communities. He brings a passion and sensitivity to this work and believes that what is of most value in this world is available to all.
The Safe OnLine Outreach Society is a federal charitable organization (Canada #86021 9641 RR0001) and a registered non-profit society -(British Columbia #S45067.