As I Remember Them: Childhood in Quebec and Why We Came West


310 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 1-55238-068-8
DDC 971.4'4




Marguerite Andersen is a professor of French studies at the University
of Guelph.


Jeanne-Йlise Olsen, née Richer (1899–1974), was a teacher of art,
French, and biology who held an M.A. in German from the University of
Alberta. Edited by her daughter, the lawyer G. Lorraine Ouellette, As I
Remember Them is part autobiography/biography, part social
anatomy/family history, and part apologia. It describes how Canadians
lived in former times. It carefully analyzes political and social
dimensions of the past. It speaks of the incredible dominance of the
Catholic Church in Quebec (Olsen’s father was a former priest who
married her mother, one of his parishioners). It portrays generations of
women on their way to personal and professional fulfillment.

Published by the University of Calgary Press as part of the Legacies
Shared series, As I Remember Them enriches the canon of women’s



Olsen, Jeanne-Élise., “As I Remember Them: Childhood in Quebec and Why We Came West,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 17, 2024,