Jennifer S. Wallace
Miss G and Me
Ruth Williamson, aka Miss G, grew up in Jamaica. She left at a young age, under her mother's direction, to pursue a nursing education in England. Ruth then chose her own path that led to Canada, like so many immigrants in the late 1960s. Unlike many immigrants from the Caribbean at that time, she ended up in rural Saskatchewan, working as a nurse while adjusting to the culture and climate of the Canadian prairies.
Ruth's life is one of resilience and determination. She married Ian MacLeod in Saskatoon in 1971, blending cultures in a mixed-race marriage that was unusual for its era. She built a nursing career that spanned over forty years and mentored women and children from other countries and backgrounds.
It wasn't until the nickname, "Miss G" came up during a phone call from Jamaica that her daughter, author Jennifer Wallace, began asking more questions and unravelling the mysteries of her mother's life. Miss G and Me: A Daughter’s Memoir is a creative non-fiction book that uses anecdotes, journals, poetry, and personal essays to weave together the life of Ruth (Williamson) MacLeod - Miss G. Readers are invited on this lyrical, gentle journey to discover Ruth's path and ultimately connect with their own history.
Don Gillmor and Alexandra Shimo,
Adjudicators for the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award
Praise & Reviews
“Warm, gracious, and original, this memoir provides insight on a relationship between a mother and daughter, and her extended family. Moving between Saskatchewan and Jamaica, the author uses reportage, poetry, history and linear and non-linear narratives to beautifully elucidate the value of family, culture, love and education.”
“…This melding of storytelling and questioning help us all to understand better the complexity of a life, the vibrancy of blended cultures, motherhood, daughterhood, adventure, faith, and taking risks.
The author shares some of the mysteries and untold nuances inherent in the story of a mother who crossed the ocean to start a new life.”
Jennifer S. Wallace wrote a self-published non-fiction children's book: When He Opened His Eyes: Gordon’s Story about her firstborn in 2009. She writes articles and poems for Sister Triangle, an online women's magazine, and is a member of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. Miss G and Me: A Daughter's Memoir, is based on her relationship with her mom and won third place in the 2020 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award presented by the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild. Jennifer was born and raised in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory. She lives there with the loves of her life, John, Imogen, Isaac and their two dogs. She loves teaching kindergarten and judo, singing, painting, buying too many children’s books, reading, and dreaming about playing her guitar.