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 – Christmas Cancer

Dear Barb: My younger sister has been battling cancer for the last five years. She seems to be in remission at the present time. Lately, Leah has been going to the casino and gambling at least once a week. She enjoys going there and has a lot of fun. The problem is her adult children… Read more »

Dear Barb: On Divorce and Racism

Dear Barb: I have been dating my boyfriend for a year and a half. We get along great for the most part. I have a seven-year-old son from a previous marriage, who lives with me half of the time. Since my husband and I separated we have always gotten together on special occasions, Christmas, Easter… Read more »

Dear Barb – Shifting Loyalties

Dear Barb: My teenage daughter is a popular girl and has lots of friends. She recently started high school and subsequently has met a whole new group of friends. The problem is some of her previous friends, who have gone to a different high school, are angry at her for spending more time with her… Read more »

Dear Barb – Changing Troubles

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year. When we got together, I was aware that he had a drug problem, but I thought I could help him. Initially Jed assured me he would stop using drugs, which he did. Unfortunately it didn’t last long. He stays clean for a… Read more »

Dear Barb – Cuddles & Religion

Dear Barb: I have been married for two years. My husband and I are very happy for the most part; however I have noticed a change in him recently. He used to like to cuddle on the sofa while we were watching TV and now he sits by himself in a chair. Also when we… Read more »

Dear Barb – Pressure Cleaning

Dear Barb: I am single father with two young daughters. I have just moved into a new neighborhood and met other parents with young children. We decided to arrange Saturday morning play dates with our children. We have been taking turns dropping off our children at different homes to play for a few hours. Things… Read more »

Dear Barb – Avoiding the Superficial

Dear Barb: Karen and I have been good friends since grade school, but lately I find that she has changed. She began to change after she split up with her husband. She lost a lot of weight and started working out, which are all good things, but she has also had breast implants and additional… Read more »

Dear Barb –

Dear Barb: I read your columns every week, but I haven’t read anything about weight issues. I am a female in my early thirties and after having two children, I have gained a lot of weight. I am okay with my weight gain, but I think it is a problem for some of my family… Read more »

Dear Barb – Contributions on the Table

Dear Barb: I am a mature student in my first year university with very limited funds. I have received a small grant from OSAP and a small loan. My problem is most of my friends are working and making good money. When I was working I used to be able to go out and party… Read more »

Dear Barb – A Tryst and the Bush

Dear Barb: I am in my early thirties and have been married for three years. My husband and I are really happy, get along great and enjoy being together. The problem is I met this single guy at work and we really seemed to connect. Unfortunately we connected too well. Last week we went out… Read more »