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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Recognize these Geopark signs? The Cliffs of Fundy is currently seeking proposals for a wayfinding signage plan. If this is something you or anyone you know has experience in, click the link below or check out the News Page under the about tab on fundygeopark.ca to download the Request for Proposal and supporting documents! fundygeopark.ca/2023/01/23/wayfinding-signage-rfp/Photo courtesy of Tourism NS ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome Sacha Brake, our new Director!Originally from Newfoundland, Sacha has always been fascinated by the ocean and feels at home on any coastline. She has lived in Nova Scotia for the better part of her life and has called Truro home for the last decade. With a passion for asset based community development, farmers market pastries and a good cup of tea, Sacha has spent much of her working life in roles that support the growth of individuals, communities and businesses in our region. Whether through personal study, one on one conversation or group workshops and presentations she thrives on learning and knowledge sharing. She studied Theatre and has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Memorial University of Newfoundland and carries her creativity, positive attitude and drive for learning and community connection into every aspect of her life. Sacha believes in the immense power of storytelling, sharing your knowledge and experience with others to better understand what we've come from and where we are going. Always a beachgoer and avid stay-cationer, Sacha opened her horizons a few summers ago exploring the Fundy shore and after making friends with her first hermit crab, she was hooked. She is excited to do all she can to support the continued growth and development of the Geopark and to promote and share our rich geological and cultural history. ... See MoreSee Less
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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.