Staff

Kelsey Robbins

Kelsey is a member of the 2SLGBTQIAP+ Community with over 12 years experience working in Social Services across the country. They have education as a Child and Youth Worker with a specialty in Addictions Support from New Brunswick and have seen the serious impacts of lack-of-support for the queer community. Kelsey is passionate about making people feel accepted and ensuring an inclusive space for all members of the community. Kelsey is our full-time Outreach Worker.

Bekah Marcellus

Bekah is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQIAP+ Community who grew up in St. Albert and recently moved to Edmonton with her dog, Jester. She has a passion for mental health and addiction work, and is a member of the Executive for the NDP’s Gender and Sexual Diversity Caucus. In her spare time, Bekah enjoys horror movies, researching weird history facts, and chatting about tattoos. Bekah is our part-time Outreach Worker.

Board

Terry Soetaert

Terry Soetaert

Executive Director

Terry started the Outloud Foundation in 2014 as a place for kids to meet and connect with others of like mind and backgrounds. With his daughter Mia, they have created the only LGBTQ specific space in St Albert and continue to bring leadership to the community. Terry has served on many boards connected to St Albert youth and family issues in the past 7 years and continues to give in this way. He has a passion for his children and wife of 23 years to make the most of every commitment made. He loves super heros, fishing, and watching MMA fighting as well.

Mia Soetaert

Mia Soetaert

Board President, Youth Leader

Mia has been involved with Outloud since the very beginning and has helped facilitate as the group has changed from 4 kids in a church basement to over 600 youth who have attended Outloud meetings in the past 7 years. She is a public speaker to crowds of several thousand, a council president and leadership mentor in her High School, and an advocate for LGBTQ equality in her community. She has had many struggles like most LGBTQ youth, but continues to find her calling and true joy from helping others become comfortable with themselves. Mia also enjoys reading, movies, and most of all her music.

Lyn Markham

Lyn Markham

Educator, Board Secretary

Lyn has been involved with Outloud for several years. She has become the backbone of the organization and is always willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. Lyn facilitates PFLAG Edmonton Chapter and volunteers weekly with all of Outloud’s Activities and groups. She is a Member of Trans Equality Society of Alberta and participates in Edmonton’s Community Mentor Program. Lyn is extremely active in advocating to government organizations, schools and community groups. Her true joy comes from helping others become their most authentic selves. She is a lego builder, loves candy and most of all lgbtq merchandise.

Tim Osborne

Tim Osborne

Member at Large

Jean Makowski

Jean Makowski

Treasurer

Youth Leaders

Mia Soetaert

Mia Soetaert

Board President, Youth Leader

Mia has been involved with Outloud since the very beginning and has helped facilitate as the group has changed from 4 kids in a church basement to over 600 youth who have attended Outloud meetings in the past 7 years. She is a public speaker to crowds of several thousand, a council president and leadership mentor in her High School, and an advocate for LGBTQ equality in her community. She has had many struggles as most LGBTQ youth have, but continues to find her calling and true joy from helping others become comfortable with themselves. Mia also enjoys reading, movies, and most of all her music.

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