Posts By: Barbara Lehtiniemi

Barbara Lehtiniemi

Barbara Lehtiniemi is a writer and photographer from Ontario. She’s a graduate of Athabasca University, having completed her Bachelor of General Studies degree in 2018.

A regular contributor to The Voice Magazine since 2013, Barbara is an occasional contributor to other publications including Maclean’s and MC2. Barbara writes in several genres, including non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. She’s grateful to The Voice Magazine for providing the opportunity to explore an array of topics and writing styles, and she remains dreadfully sorry for those awful haikus.

Barbara has a fondness for travel, used bookstores, everyday absurdities, and oversized wine glasses. Originally from urban Southwestern Ontario, she now lives on a windswept rural road in Eastern Ontario with her indulgent and supportive husband, Leo.

You can follow Barbara on Twitter @theregoesbarb, or contact her at blehtiniemi1@athabasca.edu.

Turn Summer Volunteer Hours into Cash

Canadian students aged 30 or under can now register for the Canada Student Service Grant.  The details of the grant program were announced June 25, and registration is open until August 21, 2020. The grant program is one of several relief measures for students first announced in April.  Since many traditional summer job opportunities for… Read more »

Echoes of Bereavement at Holiday Time

The holiday season brings comfort in tradition and ritual.  At the heart of many celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others, are patterns that have comforted us throughout our lives.  The rituals, the food, the family gatherings. When someone has lost somebody special in their lives, whether a spouse, family member, or friend—even a pet—everyone… Read more »

Smooth Sailing to Convocation

Next month, hundreds of students—I mean graduands—will make the trek to Athabasca for convocation. For many, it will be the first time they’ve visited AU’s campus.  For some, it may be the first time they’ve visited Alberta. I went to convocation in June 2018.  It wasn’t my first trip to Alberta, but it was definitely… Read more »

Convocation Celebration!

Are you ready for the elation, the emotion, the high fives, and the cheering crowds? Students who finish their AU degree requirements by April 30 are eligible to attend AU’s convocation ceremonies this June in Athabasca, Alberta.  Will you be among the hundreds of excited graduands visiting the campus of Athabasca University for the first… Read more »

Going Back for Dessert—Taking One more AU Course

Current AU students, entrenched in the seemingly endless struggle toward their degrees, may think I’m crazy.  But after finishing my degree at AU last year, I returned to take one more course. I’m not a sucker for punishment.  I’m not turning into a career student.  I just decided to take one course simply for the… Read more »

The Time is Write Now

Wouldn’t it be nice to do something different this year? Every year you swear it will be different, but by the end of December, you realize it’s been the same old, same old. How about exploring your creative side?  How about being published?  How about earning some extra money? How about doing all three things… Read more »

Many Small Steps on the Path to Truth and Reconciliation

“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance.  As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.”  — John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), American theoretical physicist. Should every university program require mandatory indigenous-content courses?  That’s a question I pondered in 2016 after reading Tamra Ross’s article, “Truth and Reconciliation—Will… Read more »