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Finding the Mother Tree Author Dr. Suzanne Simard Speaks in Ottawa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEUnceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, ON – March 21, 2022

By: Southminster Community Forum

If you are looking for inspiration this weekend, look no further. Come and hear Dr. Suzanne Simard, a Canadian ecologist and author of the bestselling book Finding the Mother Tree. This public discussion will be held on March 26 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Southminster United Church and it is the inaugural event of the Southminster Community Forum. Attend the event in person or watch it online and hear Dr. Suzanne Simard share her passion for the forest’s complex, interdependent circle of life and highlight her three decades of research that shows how trees communicate and help each other in forests.

Dr. Suzanne Simard’s work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s film Avatar), her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide and soon her life story will be on the Hollywood screen starring actress Amy Adams.

“I often think when I’m in the forest, I’m listening to a symphony,” Dr. Simard said in an interview on CBC Radio last fall. “It provides oxygen for us and food and for all of the creatures that live in the forest. It takes a symphony to create a beautiful piece, and that is what the forest is.” 

This event is co-sponsored by Nature Canada and the Envrio Crew of Old Ottawa South Group and they will help inspire citizen engagement on related national and local environmental issues. 

“Dr. Simard‘s work has been a clarion call for the public to understand and defend the crucial roles of forests — for climate, for biodiversity, and our well-being,” says Graham Saul Executive Director of Nature Canada. “As Canada prepares to launch its first national emissions reduction plan, her voice and insights can contribute greatly to the discussion of what must be done; we look forward to co-hosting her in Ottawa!”

“The Enviro Crew of Old Ottawa South is honoured to be co-hosting Suzanne Simard’s book event,” says Stephanie McNeely, Enviro Crew of Old Ottawa South. Her lifelong research has clearly demonstrated the complex relationships that exist in thriving forests. In much the same way, our urban environment depends on active and engaged community networks to protect our natural assets. We look forward to hearing Suzanne Simard and hope her talk sparks further connections in our community and beyond. “

“The Southminster Community Forum series is a wonderful tribute to the memory of Peter Kemp,” says Lawrence Cumming, Southminster Community Forum. “The inaugural lecture reflects one of the personal and professional interests that motivated his life and his career. The natural environment is one of the themes he listed in his bequest to the Church. Peter was very interested in the area where faith meets social action and the public realm. The Simard lecture suggests this very confluence.”


Event and Ticket Details

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022, Discussion 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and 9 pm Book signing

Location: Southminster United Church 15 Aylmer Avenue at Bank St., Ottawa

Book signing at 9 pm Books will be available for purchase onsite from Octopus Books.

Tickets $25 in-person attendance; $15 virtual (Zoom) at

Additional Finding the Mother Tree Links


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Contact for more Information / Interviews:

Nicola Maule


Southminster Community Forum 


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