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 – The Gift of Time

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been invited to a birthday party/open house for a friend who is turning thirty. The invitation says no gifts, just your presence required. I believe people just say that, but they really want a gift, my boyfriend doesn’t agree with me. He doesn’t want to bring a gift… Read more »

Dear Barb – They’re Not Me!

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years. He is awesome! I truly love him, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time with my best friend. They always got along well and I was happy about that because my previous boyfriend did not get along with Sarah and it… Read more »

A Remarkable Woman

When asked the question, “Who is your most memorable person?” most people struggle to find an answer. But for me, It’s easy. Irene Loraine Girard is the most memorable person in my life. I first met Irene when I was sixteen years old and my social worker brought me to The Inn of Windsor. Bishop… Read more »

Dear Barb – Exercising Freedom

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and just graduated from AU. I’ll be starting a full time job in July. I am so excited and anxious to get on with my life. My two-year-old daughter and I will be moving out of my parent’s home and into my own apartment soon. My mom always… Read more »

Dear Barb – Communication Breakdown

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for two and a half years. He tends to be a very secretive person and rarely talks about his feelings or anything at all really. I knew he was like that when I married him, but, stupid me, I thought things would get better and he… Read more »

Dear Barb – Family Defects

Dear Barb: My fiancĂ© and I have been dating for three years and we are planning to marry next summer and have children right away. Unfortunately, quite a few of my finance’s family members have birth defects. For example, he has a sister who has down syndrome, a cousin who has cystic fibrosis, and two… Read more »

Dear Barb – Grad Parenting

Dear Barb: I can’t believe it, but I will finally be graduating this year. It’s been a long journey for me as I’ve had some health issues, but I feel I’ve been fortunate to have the love and support of my family. My parents are divorced and both have remarried. My parents and stepparents have… Read more »

Dear Barb – Taking a Gamble

Dear Barb: I will be graduating college shortly with an engineering degree and I have already received a job offer, which I accepted. The problem is that I have received a second job offer and the pay is better than the job I already accepted. I am not sure what to do. The job that… Read more »

Dear Barb – Ways to See the World

Dear Barb: I am in my twenties and feeling very disillusioned with life. When I turn on the TV all I hear about is killing, wars, beheading, rape, homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence, the list goes on and on. With all this violence and abuse in the world how can there be a loving, caring… Read more »

Dear Barb – Secrets and Stereotypes

Dear Barb: Essentially I’m making a comment rather than asking a question. A couple of friends and I rented an apartment in a building near the university and we’re almost finished our first year. The building is half full of students, the rest are older people, families etc. I know everyone thinks students party all… Read more »