Volunteer Profile: Lindsay Vermeulen

Volunteer role: Refreshments coordinator, West Coast Editor contributor, and event volunteer

Website: lindsayvermeulen.ca

Which famous person (living or dead) do you think (or have you been told) you most resemble?
Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates in Downton Abbey).

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned?
You never really know what’s going on in anyone else’s life—strangers or even close friends—so assume the best of everyone, and give them more credit than they may seem to deserve.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?
Silly cat videos and my silly cats.

What is the best book you read in the last year?
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien.

What is your favourite reading: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry?

What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate cake for breakfast.

What is your favourite proofreading mark?
Delete—I like getting rid of extra fluff, and it’s fun to write out. Whee!

What is your favourite punctuation mark?
Either the semicolon or the interrobang (mostly for the name).

What is your dream vacation destination?

If you were presented with a book that told the story of your entire life from start to finish, what would you do with it?
Read up until the present and then put it back on the shelf. I’ve always preferred surprises.

What is your favourite word? Why?
Mellifluous—it sounds and feels like its meaning.

Who are your favourite poets?
Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot.

What is your favourite place in Canada?

What is the last book you read?
The Waves, by Virginia Woolf.

What is your favourite book genre?
Literary fiction.

Which actor would play you in a biopic of your life?
Emma Watson.

Which band or singer provided the soundtrack to your teen years?
Stars, Death Cab for Cutie, Barenaked Ladies.