Jacquie Goldie came to Golden after spending the first 21 years of her life in Edmonton.
Goldie was one of 11 children who lived together with their parents who worked very hard to support their family.
“My dad worked graveyard and mom worked during the day. We lived a sheltered life. We had bunk beds and it was like a dormitory but it was wonderful,” she said.
Goldie had good friends and a sister living in Golden when she moved here to become a hairdresser.
“My sister lived in the Swiss village. They have land up there that used to be a ski hill,” she said.
She immediately fell in love with Golden because people were, and are still, very welcoming and friendly.
“If you came here people always said ‘hi’ to you. If you were visiting from out of town the people made you feel welcome. They were very outgoing.”
As for how Golden now looks when compared to when she moved here, Goldie said much has changed.
“There was hardly anything on the strip when I came. There was the old Husky and not much else. All the motels and gas strips were not there.”
Goldie said she led a very quiet life when she came to the area.
“I lived a very boring life,” she said laughing. “I came here in 1971 and lived with friends. Eventually I met my husband and he lived up at eight mile.”
The house at eight mile had quite a story behind it.
“It was a fellow from the States who was supposedly trying to get away from tax people. The house was fully furnished and filled with food when they bought it,” she said. “The furniture was amazing and it was like he had his own personal getaway. There was marble in the house and it was amazing.”
Goldie had a fear of bears when she first came to the area but as it turned out bears were the least of her concerns.
“I had an over imagination when it came to bears. I kept thinking a bear was going to come to the door and announce itself by knocking on the door.”
The front door of the house could lock but it was not very solid.
“The guys were out on snow machines one time while I was in the bedroom resting. The next thing I knew one of the machines came through the front door and ended up in my bedroom. One of my husband’s friends came right through the house and I don’t know what happened.”
Goldie said it was a shocking wake up for her.
“I was laying down and they woke me up. I couldn’t believe it. We had some wild times. At the time I was quite upset, but as you get older you can look back and laugh at them.”
Goldie said she had her own incident with a snow machine a short time later.
“I was out on the golf course and hit the ramp at a storage shed. After that you needed to have a license to drive one of them and I didn’t have one,” she said.
As life has moved forward, Goldie explained she is not the type of person to slow down.
“I am not one to sit still. When you lived with a big family you accept that there is always something to do,” she said. “I know some people in my life would love me to slow down. I can’t do it though.”
Throughout her life her family has been very important for Goldie and still to this day. She has stayed close to many people who she considers part of her family.