Barbara Gullickson grew up on a farm north of Barons, Alberta. She graduated from high school in Barons. Following a secretarial program at Mount Royal College in Calgary she married Leroy (Roy) Gullickson. They moved to Norman, Oklahoma for two years so that Roy could complete his engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Barbara worked in the accounting office at the university.
Roy and Barbara moved to Toronto where they both had been employed by a number of different companies. Barbara attended the University of Western Ontario and eventually completed her degree in Alberta at the University of Lethbridge.
Roy and Barbara returned to Roy's family farm near Barons. Barbara taught kindergarten. She was also a member of the local School Board, the United Church Council and the Northminster Pastoral Charge Board. She also held the title of Marketing Manager of Keho Alta Industries.
Currently, Barbara is a member of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society and the Barons & District Historical Society. She is the Chairperson of the Barons 2010 Group, an organization planning Barons' centennial celebration.
Barbara has a passion for collecting and compiling history related to the Erdman family, for which she is indebted to her mother, Ellen (Erdman) Johnson. Roy and Barbara have five children.