New Year – New Staff at the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark

Debert, NS – The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark welcomes everyone to 2021 with wishes for a safe and healthy year for us all. A big bonus in our Geopark world, is all our sites and activities are outdoors – one of the safest places to be in this time of COVID. Winter is a fabulous time to explore your favourite geosite, and you can be sure it will bring a fresh beauty and sense of wonder that you can’t experience in the summer months.

A new level of energy has invaded the Geopark office and our committees with the addition of two new staff members in January. Leah Benetti has joined our ranks in the role of Administrative Assistant and her creativity and artistic passion are just what we needed. Leah comes to us from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a degree in Cross-Disciplinary Art. She has excellent organizational and research skills and is uber-organized. Leah has spent many hours exploring various geosites with friends and family over the years and is excited to combine her love of the outdoors and her passion for art with the work of the Geopark.

Caleb Grant is the other new addition and joins us as our Geoscientist. Caleb has recently completed his M. Sc. in Geology at Acadia University, following up on a B.Sc. with honours in Earth Sciences from St. FX University. He has also participated in international geological studies and has several publications under his belt. Caleb spent much of his growing up years exploring our Fundy shore with his family and has too many favourite spots to mention them all. He is looking forward to enhancing his knowledge of the geology of the Geopark, developing educational programs and tours for people of all ages and stages and collaborating with volunteers and businesses along our shore.

“Having our full staff complement in place is a tremendous way to start 2021”, says Executive Director Beth Peterkin. “Both Leah and Caleb have embraced the Geopark and are excited about the future. Their experience and skills complement each other well and bring new enthusiasm to our office.” Meanwhile the Board of Directors of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark has been working with our stakeholders to develop a Strategic Plan that will guide the organization for the next three to five years. We are just completing a Governance Review and the completion of an Interpretive Strategy.

For information on the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, visit our website at www.fundygeopark.ca. We can be reached in Debert at 902-641-2225 or by email at beth.peterkin@fundygeopark.ca and look forward to hearing from you.

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Beth Peterkin
Executive Director
Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark
beth.peterkin@fundygeopark.ca
902-641-2225

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What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a designation that attracts tourists wishing to explore the connections between geology, local communities, culture, and nature. Geoparks are designed to promote tourism and celebrate a region’s uniqueness, and do not prohibit any land use.