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.

If you enjoy reading Dear Barb, you can also purchase her curated collection, Dear Barb: Answers to Everyday Questions at her website,

Dear Barb—All Manners of Work

Dear Barb: I just landed an awesome job with a big corporation.  My problem is that I’m not sure of the proper etiquette at work or even at social events.  I have been raised on a farm and I am not familiar with many of the protocols required in business.  Could you make a few… Read more »

Dear Barb—Excess Accommodations

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been together for 12 years and it seems like we are either bored with each other or taking each other for granted.  We don’t seem to take the time to talk anymore, we just assume the other person is happy and will do what we expect them to. … Read more »

Dear Barb—The Family Dynamic

Dear Barb: I hope you can help me with my problem.  I grew up in a very dysfunctional family, where everyone was arguing, fighting, not speaking for years, holding grudges, the whole gambit.  About 20 years ago I decided to try to change things and bring my family together.  Initially it seemed some of the… Read more »

Dear Barb—Moving In

Dear Barb: Hi, my boyfriend and I have been dating for four years and we moved in together three months ago.  We got along great while we were dating, but not so much now.  We seem to argue a lot more about finances—I am a saver and he is a spender.  When we were dating… Read more »

Dear Barb—Life-Long Decisions

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for four months.  We get along great and have lots of common interests.  I was even thinking he may be the one for me.  All that changed last week when we learned his ex-girlfriend is two months pregnant and he is the father.  I was devastated… Read more »

Dear Barb—Last Visits

Dear Barb: My sister-in-law has just been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and only has weeks left to live.  The dilemma I am having is whether I should try to see her before she passes.  She has always lived a couple of hours away and has not been close to her family.  My husband—her… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Family Business

Dear Barb: I just started a new job that I am enjoying.  My cousin knew the boss and got me in.  The problem is I do not like my direct supervisor, who happens to be the boss’s son.  I have been trying my best to get along with him, but we just seem to butt… Read more »

Dear Barb—After COVID

Dear Barb: Well, it looks like the pandemic is coming to an end.  I am finally looking forward to the future, although my mom does not share my view.  She has health issues, so has been quite isolated in her home for over a year.  She still won’t leave her home for fear of catching… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Less Things Change

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been working at the same place for over twenty years and I am so burnt out.  I need a change, but I am so fearful of making such a big move.  What if I don’t like the new job, or I don’t get along with my coworkers.  My husband is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dating on the Line

Dear Barb: I was in a long-term relationship and, unfortunately, it ended last year.  Since then I have been trying to meet people online and it doesn’t seem to be working for me.  I have been on a lot of dating sites and been chatting with a few guys.  The messaging seems good for a… Read more »