About Kirsten Goa
Kirsten has a proven track record as a community leader. She received a BA and BEd from the University of Alberta and has mentored and supported youth and families for 25 years. A coach, peer-counselor, facilitator, trainer, organizer and editor, Kirsten has served on many non-profit boards and community associations. She has led organizations through sometimes difficult change, facilitating important conversations, while promoting and supporting good governance. Building strong relationships, supporting community capacity and developing leaders are all central to her work.
Kirsten is able to bring people together to create a common vision and then take action to make it a reality. Her community work has been instrumental in changing City of Edmonton policies on issues as diverse as human rights, local food, land-use and public engagement. As the Community Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Council Initiative on Public Engagement, her work has ensured that the knowledge and capacity of communities is central to, and supported by, the City's new policy and framework. Continuing this work is essential as this policy rolls out over the next few years.
Along with her husband Shawn Robinson, Kirsten is raising her five children (two sets of twins) in Strathcona, the neighbourhood where she grew up. She plays soccer, is a member of Strathcona Centre Community League's Neighbourhood Renewal Committee and Kokopelli's adult community choir, Vacilando.