TELUS Wise Program Launch

Last Friday, TELUS launched an ambitious education initiative aimed at parents and students. I was happy to attend and meet with the movers and shakers behind this great project and applaud their support for internet safety education.   Strathcona Elementary School accepts donations from TELUS I also wrote a blog post about this initiative and the anniversary of Amanda Todd's death here.

October 10th, 2013|Events, General, Online Safety|

November 5-9, 2012 Media Literacy Week – “privacy matters”

Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-lead by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people. SOLOS is proud to be a MediaSmarts collaborator.

September 10th, 2012|Education, Events, General, Media and News|

Media Literacy Week Nov 5-9 2012

Media Literacy Week is an annual event that takes place every November. Co-lead by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the week puts a spotlight on the importance of digital and media literacy as a key component in the education of children and young people. The theme for Media Literacy Week 2012, Privacy Matters, shines a spotlight on the privacy knowledge and skills that youth need for their online activities. Here at SOLOS we are working hard to positively educate children, youth and adults about online safety, and privacy matters are a key focus of our presentations.  Please take a moment to look at our presentations and workshops at our website We look forward to working with you this fall!

August 23rd, 2012|Education, Events, General|

Thank You to Westcoast Family Centres (AGM June 27th 2012)

Merlyn represented SOLOS as a keynote speaker at the AGM for Westcoast Family Centres on June 27th. We were very happy to receive their feedback and thought we would share it with you. "Hi Cathy: Just wanted to give you some feedback on the keynote address by Merlyn at our AGM.  Please let her know that our Staff absolutely loved the presentation and there was so much to learn that they wished the presentation  had been longer. Unfortunately, we did not have that much time and appreciate the material she presented within that time frame. Anyhow, we would like to thank Merlyn for coming out. Also let her know, that we would definitely consider having a longer workshop in the future at one of our Staff development and training events. Thanks to you and Merlyn once again for everything!!" Freeza Anand, Director of Administration and Development. A big Thank You to Westcoast Family Centres for having us at their AGM.  We look forward to working with them more throughout the year.  

July 10th, 2012|Events, General|

Shelter Net BC Conference 2012

Shelter Net BC (SNBC) proudly presents, Conference 2012 on September 26 & 27, in beautiful Kelowna. This year there are many exciting workshops and event options to choose from. Whether you serve on the frontlines or in a leadership capacity, Conference 2012 has something for you. All sessions and workshops are sector-specific. SOLOS is excited to be a part of this conference and Merlyn will be giving a workshop on Sept 27th at [MISSING INFO] The Internet and At-Risk Populations Award winning presenter and facilitator, Merlyn Horton, uses multi-media and compelling case studies to examine the impact of technology on at-risk populations. Suggestions for Internet safety, raising awareness for staff and clients, as well as online resources specific to at-risk populations will be provided to participants. You won’t want to miss this outstanding presentation. Learn more.

June 19th, 2012|Announcements, Events, General|

FCSSBC AGM Penticton, June 13 and 14th 2012

Merlyn just returned from a birthday celebration of the FCSSBC at their AGM held in Penticton last week. As always, it was an informative and enjoyable two days of listening and learning and connecting. Since 1982, FCSSBC has been a recognized voice in BC for community services to children, youth, families and adults with vulnerabilities. They represent over 130 diverse, caring and committed member agencies who serve the needs of children and youth, women, people with disabilities and families. Their mission is to promote excellence in community services and they do it by advocating, networking, skill-building and public education.

June 15th, 2012|Announcements, Events, General|

Clearwater Visit

Well, one of the first roadtrips of the year is done. I went up to beautiful Clearwater last week (Feb. 1-3). I've driven up through there before but the beauty of the country never fails to impress me. The Barriere burn is recovering and it was great to see old friends again. Thanks everyone for such a warm welcome and a great Wellness Day event. The local paper (subscription required) carried a nice story about the presentation as well.  

February 13th, 2012|Events, General|

Mt. View in Revelstoke

What an amazing few days. A stunning stone staircase led me into Moutain View Elementary. I started today with an early presentation. The ScreenSmart Program arranged for all the four local schools to bus in the grades five through seven.  Parents and invited guests joined us for a great presentation. I'm glad everyone enjoyed the 'Free Hugs' video. I couldn't have felt more welcome. Just a few words about ScreenSmart while I'm here.  ‘Screen Smart’ is a broad based community education initiative designed to help families better understand how screen media - TV, computers and the internet, - may influence their lives, and suggest ways that parents and children can best manage media at home and at school. Spring, it seemed, came to Revelstoke the day after I got there. It's always good to see crocus!

April 3rd, 2009|Events|

Revelstoke Secondary School

I launched the Revelstoke presentations at Revelstoke Secondary School with two presentation in the afternoon. First presentation had a hiccup or two but I'd like to thank Wyatt for coming and speaking to me after the presentation. His words meant a lot. The second presentation of the afternoon was great as well. I'd like to thank the staff and espically the students for being willing to take the "I promise to NEVER break up with anyone on msn," pledge (lol). This evening I went to the Rec Centre, a beautiful facility for a community of just over 8000, and presented to about 35 parents and professionals. They were very patient with my flu addled brain. As usual, I recognize that sometime I'm known as the "Shock and Awe" presenter. Thanks for listening. (Oh, and thanks for the t-shirt.) I got a ScreenSmart T-shirt! Bicycles outside the Skookum Bike Shop Welcome to Revelstoke!

April 2nd, 2009|Events|

VCAT – Professional Event

Thanks to Wilf and the Vancouver Community Action Team for setting up this presentation. It's alway rewarding to present to professionals who are as concerned I am about what's happening online for young people. The issues presented by Craigslist, children creating sexual images of themselves and online predators are challenging us all and events like this are a way to share ideas and suggestions.

March 18th, 2009|Events, General|