Age: 24 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Lindsay Goff is a third year Secondary Education student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, majoring in biology and minoring in art. This unusual combination reflects her love of practical knowledge and self-expression and she enjoys finding ways to combine these two passions.
She is committed to empowering and educating youth, both inside and outside the classroom. Lindsay currently volunteers with ArtStart, where she works with inner city children aged five to eight. She creates fun, interactive art projects, while providing a safe and supporting after-school environment.
She previously completed a diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the JR Shaw School of Business in Edmonton, Alberta. During her time in that program, she gained valuable experience in organizational management, public relations and entrepreneurship.
Her dream is to obtain a master’s degree in education and become a principal, where she will have an opportunity to positively influence even more students.
One of the reasons she was inspired to become a teacher was due to the support and kindness she received from her teachers during some difficult periods growing up – being bullied as a pre-teen and having to deal with a host of health issues as a teenager.
She has seen the positive impact a teacher can have on a student and hopes she can do the same for her students in the future.
Lindsay considers herself extremely fortunately to have a loving and supportive family. She loves to keep physically and mentally active. In addition to participating in dance and fitness activities, she keeps her creative side humming with painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and jewelry-making.
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Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
English, Basic French (not fluent)
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
My passion is teaching, especially art and sciences. I currently volunteer with inner city children, ages 5-8, teaching them fun art projects, while providing them a supportive and safe atmosphere.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Dance, fitness, jewelry-making, film studies, painting, drawing, mixed media and photography
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Volleyball, basketball, snowboarding, badminton, track, field hockey, and fitness training are my favourites, but growing up with an athletic brother and a strong competitive drive created a love and appreciation of all sports.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
Like majority of people it is hard to pick just one special, influential person who has impacted my life, so I have to pick two: my brother and sister. Being the youngest child, I was fortunate to have phenomenal siblings.
My brother taught me to be tough, competitive, outgoing, and live life to the fullest. Whereas my sister taught me to be patient and kind-hearted, to pursue my dreams (with her love and support) and that the most important part of beauty is who you are as a person. With that combination how could a girl go wrong? I am thankful every day to have them in my life and both of them supported me 100 percent. They stood by me when I was being bullied as a child and when I was sick for more than five years as a teenager. What more could a sister ask for?
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
After five years of being in and out of the hospital due to respiratory and other issues, I am pursuing my dreams of a post-secondary education. This experience has helped me build my confidence, which I intend to use to help educate future generations.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
As previously mentioned, I struggled through being bullied and illness for a good portion of my life. At the age of nine I moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta and, to say the least, I did not fit in. I struggled to maintain friendships due to shyness and feeling out of place in the new city.
During grades four to nine I struggled with harassment and bullying from multiple students. It reached a point where my friends were embarrassed to hang around with me. Those years were a struggle, but with the support of my family and amazing teachers, I learned how to cope and eventually helped regain my confidence in myself.
Then, during the first week of grade ten, I had severe respiratory reaction and was taken from my high school to the hospital in an ambulance. For the next five years, throughout high school and the beginning of my university career, I was in and out of the hospital due to a number of bizarre infections and episodes where I would stop breathing altogether. Despite numerous visits to various specialists, I was misdiagnosed with asthma for years before it was determined that I had a condition called vocal cord dysfunction.
However, despite the new diagnosis, I continued to get sick. In November 2008, everything came to a head. I was admitted into the hospital due to another infection, but this time it was almost fatal. The infection was so bad that I had necrosis of my throat tissue and started to become septic. It was then that the doctors realized there was a benign growth on my tonsils. Once they reduced my infection, I had my tonsils and the growth removed and I have been healthy ever since June 2009.
The reason that I believe that this makes me interesting is not that I was sickly or bullied, but that these experiences underpin the drive and passion that make me, well, me. From a young age, I promised myself that I would never treat anyone the way I was treated. It also taught me to stay positive and to create a life I could be proud of. I want to pass on what I’ve learned to others; I share these lessons with the children I teach today and will continue to do so with all of the children I’ll teach in the future.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to be a positive and influential teacher, and eventually become a principal, so I can help children and impact lives. I am currently attending the University of Alberta’s Secondary Education Program. After I become a teacher, I would like to obtain a master’s degree, which will assist me in my pursuit of becoming a principal.
Part of the reason I want to do become a principal is because of Mrs. Graham, my elementary and junior high principal. She had such an amazing impact on my life and I want to be someone’s Mrs. Graham someday. So with dedication to my studies and adherence my beliefs in the power of positivity and leading by example, I believe that I can make this ambition a reality.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
As mentioned above, becoming a principal would be my “dream job”, as it would be both challenging and rewarding.
Are you currently a student?
If yes, where?
The University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta
Area of study:
Secondary Education – Majoring in Biology, Minoring in Art.
I also have a diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the JR Shaw School of Business.
Are you currently employed?
Not while attending university.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
My hometown is Grande Prairie, Alberta, but we moved several times within Alberta when I was younger, due to my father’s job as a bank manager. I was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta, but we moved to High Level shortly thereafter. We lived also lived in Slave Lake and Forestburg for several years, before permanently moving to Grande Prairie when I was nine.
Despite the bullying I faced when I was younger, my childhood was amazing. I have an extremely close family, which included my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I have many fond memories of my grandparent’s farm, family camping trips and visits to the Rocky Mountains.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
I have had the opportunity for some awesome, interesting jobs. During grade 10 I had the opportunity to work at the local ski hill as a “lifty” – running the chair lifts – until I fractured my right arm, which ended my ski season, but it was a blast while it lasted!
Another unusual job I have had was being a ‘hot shot’ in the oil industry. A hot shot drives out emergency parts and other supplies to rig locations, which are pretty much in the middle of nowhere! It was also interesting being part of a male-dominated industry, but I had a blast driving the back roads and meeting some fascinating people.
List any volunteering you have done.
Currently I volunteer for a program called ArtStart, where I teach inner city children through a fun, interactive art program. I teach children ages 5-8 and love every minute of it.
In the past, I have volunteered with the Red Cross Summer Youth program helping run different events. I have also volunteered with the SPCA in Grande Prairie, helping with events such as their calendar release and annual gala.
Blood donation is also important to me. Since receiving a clean bill of health, I have donated several times, so I can ‘pass on’ the gift that was given to me.
What is your most unusual talent?
The retention of a whole host of random facts about biology and genetics. I find the subjects fascinating, so it is neat to be able to learn and share as much as I can.
Where is the most interesting place you have been to?
The most interesting place I have been would have to be Germany, especially the autobahn highway. I had the opportunity to go there last year and you feel as if you are in a high speed chase, just like the movies! We ‘only’ went 180 kph but the experience was unreal. Germany was a breathtaking country and I look forward to going back again one day, as I was only there for a short time.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to have a family, have my master’s degree in education, and be well on my way to becoming a principal!
Is there anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?
You may have skipped this question on purpose, but I would really like to share why I think I should be Miss Universe Canada 2013.
The following may sound cheesy, but it is true! I’ve watched the Miss Universe pageant on television ever since I was a little girl and loved the glamour and spectacle. However, I’ve grown to appreciate that it is much more than that, especially with the support the organization gives to Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Village. Children are a huge part of my like and the opportunity to support, not just Canadian children, but children all over the world would be a dream come true.
So, being Miss Universe would allow me to fulfill two life-long dreams: representing my amazing country in a pageant that I have dreamt about since I was a child and having the opportunity to help children and be a positive influence on their lives.