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.

Women of Interest—Rae Chittick

In 1946, Rae Chittick was elected president of the Canadian Nurses Association.  Prior to this, for twenty-five years, she was a health educator at the Calgary Normal School.  Miss Chittick was the president of CARNA from 1940-1942.  CARNA is a professional organization for Alberta’s 37,000 registered nurses with the mandate of serving the public interest… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weeding Them Off

Dear Barb: I am the parent of a university student and I’m wondering what happened to manners! It seems for the most part today’s younger generation live by their own rules and are very inconsiderate of other people’s feelings.  A lot of my son’s friends come over and barely look at me, even when they… Read more »

Dear Barb—Determining a Daughter

Dear Barb: Hi, I got a strange call from a young lady who was claiming to be my daughter.  She told me her mother’s name and where she lived.  I did not recognize her name, although she did grow up in my old neighborhood.  She wants to meet with me, but I’m reluctant.  When I… Read more »

Dear Barb—On the Tip of the Tongue

Dear Barb: I’m planning a dinner party but almost everyone has some kind of food issue.  For example, one person is gluten free, one is on a keto diet, one is vegetarian and one is allergic to nuts.  I don’t know what to do! Should I just prepare dinner and hope for the best! Janine…. Read more »

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 »