Photo by: Liwana Bringelson

I am...

committed to peace, friendship and respect for the land, its waters, the air that we breathe, for trees and plants, animals, people—all living beings. 


Like many Canadians, my ancestors arrived seeking refuge. On my mother’s side, my family arrived in Canada at Cape Breton from Scotland after the Highland Clearances. My father’s Mennonite people migrated to the Niagara Peninsula from Pennsylvania at the turn of the 19th century and before that, came from Switzerland. 


In the spirit of Treaty 18 and of treaties signed all across Canada, I acknowledge the privileges and responsibilities of settlement in this territory.  I recognize that my home is  in Anishinaabe territory, under the stewardship of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and the Three Fires Confederacy, and that this land is traditional home also to Wendat, Haudenosaunee and other Indigenous peoples who have lived here for thousands of years.


Any written acknowledgement is limited, momentary, necessarily incomplete.  What is not incomplete is my gratitude.  I am grateful to live with two human partners and a very large dog on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in Ontario. I identify as queer, non-binary (she/her).


Susan is...

poet, mother, grandmother, gardener, dancer, hiker, activist. A former professor of environmental studies at the University of Waterloo, and has also worked with colleagues in Indonesia, India and Northern Canada. She walked the Camino Santiago in 2018 and plans to finish walking the Bruce Trail, which passes close to her home, in 2021. In September 2020, she was delighted to collaborate with six other local poets on Watermarked, an `Unmissable’ contribution to the Collingwood Art Crawl, and wants to thank the Town of Collingwood and Collingwood’s Digital Service Squad for their patient and invaluable technical and financial support. (

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Photo by: Liwana Bringelson