Posts By: Barb Godin

Barb Godin

Barbara Godin is a graduate of Athabasca University. She writes the “”Dear Barb” and the “Women of Interest” columns. As well, Barb has written many personal interest stories and enjoys connecting with others through her writing. She has been writing for The Voice since 2003.

Dear Barb—Wedding Miss?

Dear Barb: Greg and I have been together five years and moved in together two years ago.  We have just finished our degrees, have landed good jobs, and are anxious to begin a future together.  Eventually we want to have children, but have decided to purchase a house first.  Everything is great between us until… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Failing Grade

Dear Barb: Hi, I am just finishing my first year of university and I didn’t do well.  I am failing most of my courses and I don’t think school is for me.  The problem is my parents made such a big deal about me going to university, since I was the only one of three… Read more »

A Day To Remember

April 6 is my birthday, a day I usually look forward to celebrating and doing birthday things, but all that changed last year.  April 6, 2018 was the day of the Humboldt bus crash.  When sixteen people were killed and thirteen were injured.  The crash took place near the village of Armley in rural Saskatchewan. … Read more »

Dear Barb–The Trouble with Twins

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married four years and, recently, we had twin boys. We had some difficulty getting pregnant and we are so happy that we have our boys. But the boys are four months old now and I can’t even remember most of what happened for the last four months…. Read more »

Dear Barb—Sleeping Dogs Lie

Dear Barb; Hi, my father passed away four years ago and my siblings and I were devastated.  I would say my mother was as well, but now I’m not so sure.  A few months after my dad died, my mom went out for a visit to B.C. to see my uncle—my dad’s younger brother.  When… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Agnes Snively

Mary Agnes Snively was born on November 12, 1847, in St Catharines Ontario and died 85 years later on September 26, 1933.  She never married nor had children.  Snively was an educator and a nurse who was known as the “Mother of Nurses in Canada.” After graduating high school Snively taught for almost twenty years. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Marital Business

Dear Barb: My wife and I have been together for seven years, married for four them.  I have always got along great with my in-laws.  My wife and her mother are very close and talk daily and that has never been a problem until recently.  We’re having some money problems right now and it’s leading… Read more »

Dear Barb—Grade Shock

Dear Barb: Hi, I have just begun taking courses at AU after having been out of a school and working for the last 10 years.  When I graduated high school I was one of the top students in my class, but now I’m barely passing and finding the work very difficult.  It’s disappointing and I’m… Read more »

Dear Barb—Budgeting

Dear Barb: I am in my first year of university, while also taking a course from AU each semester.  I’m anxious to get through school and begin working on my career.  Being a student, obviously I don’t have a lot of money and I’m having a hard time budgeting.  I get some grant money and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Leading by Example

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a single mother of a ten-year-old daughter.  My daughter often has friends over for dinner and sleepovers and movie nights.  I have always taught my girl to have good manners when at home and at other people’s homes.  The problem I have is with my daughter’s friends.  The girls are… Read more »