Board of Directors

Anita MacLellan

Anita MacLellan has lived most of her life in Economy, where in her youth she spent her days exploring the shores, mudflats, and cliffs in her community. She returned to that community after a 10-year work experience in Ontario and became a volunteer and organizer of the Economy Clam Festival.  That led to involvement with the area’s tourism association, and she worked tirelessly to promote her shore. Anita eventually became the Economic Development Officer for the West Colchester area, overseeing various tourism and other community development initiatives. 

Her dedication to her community has resulted in many recognition awards from the Province of Nova Scotia, Tourism and Tourism Industry Associations.  Anita’s dedication to the Cliffs of Fundy project is her dream come true as our shore realizes the benefits of becoming a Global Geopark.

Calum Ewing

Born on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, Calum has had an extensive career in heritage and museum operations.  He has held several positions with the Nova Scotia Museum, the family of 28 provincial Museums working in collections and information management and later in senior management for the past 30 years. 

Beginning in 2015, he acted as project coordinator for the creation of Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community, released in February of 2017.

Throughout his career and extensive travels throughout the province, Calum has developed a keen appreciation for the spectacular landscapes and natural history of the province and is proud to call Nova Scotia home.  He lives with his wife on their micro-farm on a small island on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.

Carrie Goodwin

Carrie Goodwin was elected to council, representing district 8 of the Municipality of Cumberland in October 2020. Councillor Goodwin has studied classical voice at Mount Allison University, Recording Engineering and Radio & Television Arts at NSCC. She has been recognized with a SuperHost award for her work in the tourism industry over the years.

Carrie’s long-standing interest in her community is further evidenced in her involvement on the Cliffs of Fundy board since the inception of the endeavour.

She is a sixth-generation Greenhiller, where she resides with her family as a proud mother of 6-year old Joe.

Chris MacIntyre

Chris studied at the Maritime Forest Ranger School and is currently a Forest Technician. He has worked for 31 years with the N.S. Department of Lands and Forestry, most recently with the Regional Services Branch in Bible Hill. Chris’s responsibilities include the Provincial Parks, Outreach and Education and Pest Detection Officer.

His most notable achievement was overseeing the redevelopment of Five Islands Provincial Park in 2016, when water and electrical services were added to 35 sites. A group use building was constructed, and major road upgrades were all part of this redevelopment. When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time in the outdoors, travelling, and completing home improvements. He is married with 2 adult children who are both teachers in Calgary area.

Christine Blair

Christine is Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester.  She has served on the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society Board since 2018, first as the Society Vice Chair and currently as the Chair. 

As an elected official, Christine served three terms as a municipal Councillor: 1997-2000 representing Bible Hill and Valley; 2008-2016 representing Bible Hill and Brookside.  During her terms as Councillor, she served on numerous committees.

Prior to entering municipal politics, Christine was the Executive Assistant to a Nova Scotia Minister and MLA; Executive Assistant to the NS Commissioner of Forest Enhancement; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of the NS Department of Natural Resources; Office Manager, NS Forest Products Association.  She also assisted with the private family business for 35 years.

Always involved with her community, Christine has an extensive record as a volunteer including with Rotary Club of Truro, Bible Hill Cemetery Company, Association of Nova Scotia Villages, St. David’s United Church, and the United Way of Colchester.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and Business Administration diploma from Acadia University. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolour painting and travel.

David J.W. Piper

David is an Emeritus Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. He grew up in England and was educated at Cambridge University (BA, Ph.D.) before emigrating to Canada to teach at Dalhousie University for nine years. His research has been concerned mostly with landslides and powerful currents in the deep sea, and the marine records of past glaciation and sea level change.

At the Geological Survey, David provided technical advice on geohazards for offshore petroleum exploration and cable routes, impacts of global change on marine systems, and Canada’s extended offshore claims under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. He has been Editor of several research journals and was President of the Geological Association of Canada. He received the 2010 Shepard Medal for excellence in marine geology for his research contributions.

David’s research has taken him to all the oceans of the world but has focused on the continental slopes off eastern Canada. His geoscience interests are broad, and he taught the basics of field geology to numerous students, not to mention his two daughters, in the rivers and brooks of the Cobequid Highlands.

Don Fletcher

Don was the first President of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society after incorporation in January of 2019. He retired with his wife back to the old family homestead in New Salem (Cumberland County) in 1996, after a military career spanning 27 years.

Retirement has been a busy time for Don. He sat on the Board of Cape Chignecto Park for 10 years, 8 of those as the Chair, and left when the Eatonville day use area was completed. He also volunteered with the Advocate District Development Association, the Bayview Community Health Association and on the Joggins Fossil Cliffs board. He served as the municipal councillor for district 10 in Cumberland County from 2013 to 2020.

10 since 2013.

Georgia Pe-Piper

Georgia is Professor Emerita of Geology at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Born in the island of Kos, she gained a B.Sc. from the University of Athens (Greece) and a Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Petrology from Cambridge University (UK). After completing her education, she returned to Greece to teach at the new University of Patras and started what became life-long research on the volcanic rocks of the island of Lesvos, now a Geopark.

Georgia joined Saint Mary’s University in 1981, becoming Director of Graduate Studies and Research from 1999–2001. In the 1980’s and 90’s she led a large project to investigate and map the igneous rocks of the Cobequid Highlands, from Cape Chignecto to Mount Thom. Scores of students learnt fieldwork and lab techniques under her supervision and contributed to more than a hundred research papers and open files.

Her dedication to mentoring students and providing experiential learning was recognised by the 2019 Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences Mentorship Medal. She is proud that the sites of two of her main research projects, Lesvos and the Cliffs of Fundy, are both recognised as UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Gerald Gloade

Gerald Gloade is an artist and educator who is currently the Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre. Gerald started his career working as a graphic designer for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch more than 25 years ago. The focus of his work with the Province moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and history in the landscape and environment of Mi’kma’ki with audiences of all ages.

As an artist, educator and Mi’kmaw storyteller, Gerald guides the development of visitor and educational programs for the centre. His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends have captured many audiences. Gerald is a key member of the curatorial group, growing our understandings of collections, places, people, practices, and events for the future Centre. Gerald was raised and lives in the community of Millbrook with his wife Natalie and their two sons, Gerald D. and Kyle.

John Calder

John has worked on the geology of Nova Scotia for more than 40 years, and recently retired as Senior Geologist with the Nova Scotia Geological Survey. He taught at Saint Mary’s University for 25 years and is also Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University. John was the senior author of the nomination of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site and a contributor to the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark.

John’s focus has been very much on the public acknowledgement of Atlantic Canada’s geoheritage, and he has been recognized by regional and national societies for this work, including the Gesner Medal of the Atlantic Geoscience Society, the Premier’s Award of Excellence for Nova Scotia, the Provincial and Territorial Geologists Medal for Canada, and the ER Ward Neale Medal of the Geological Association of Canada for communicating geoscience to Canadians. As well as being on the Board of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, John is the Chair of the Canadian Geoparks Network and a member of the Global Geopark Executive Committee.

Marie Benoit

Marie has lived in (what is now) the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark all her life.  Originally from Masstown and living in Debert for the past 26+years, she is the District 9 Councillor for the Municipality of the County of Colchester.  Marie has always been actively involved in the community and a strong promoter of attractions and events in the area. 
In addition to being a Cliffs of Fundy board member she also sits on the County’s Debert Business Park Advisory Committee, Debert Source Water Protection Advisory Committee, Colchester-East Hants Library Board, Terrapure Community Liaison Committee, Livestock Control Appeals Committee, Physician Recruitment Working Committee, and Sewer Use Appeals Committee.

Murray Scott

Murray Scott was elected in October 2020 as the first Mayor of the Municipality of Cumberland following a shift away from the Warden system of governance. Mayor Scott was born and grew up in Springhill, NS. This is also where he and wife Linda raised their two children. He was a member of the Moncton City Police Force and returned to Springhill in 1983 to join the Springhill Police Service.

Murray served 12 years as MLA for Cumberland South. During his provincial political career, he was Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature, and held several cabinet portfolios, including Minister of Justice, Attorney General, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Minister of Economic Development. He met regularly with people and community groups in each area to address their concerns and to work on solutions.

Norman Rafuse

Norman Edward Rafuse was raised in the small community of Advocate Harbour.   When he was elected counsellor for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and Chairman of the Age of Sail Museum, he soon became aware of and interested in the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark project.

Norman continues to remain interested and invested in this project and has taken on the position of Treasurer for the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark.  He is looking forward to what lies ahead for both the Geopark and the Cumberland Municipality.

Sandra Currie

Sandra is the Facilities Manager for FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) and works out of their Visitor Centre in Black Rock, Cumberland County. Se has been with FORCE since 2015 and oversees the visitor experience as well as managing seasonal employees.

FORCE is Canada’s lead research facility for tidal stream technology, located in the Bay of Fundy. As a not-for-profit, FORCE collaborates with government, industry, academia, and the public to better understand if this technology can play a safe, effective role in Canada’s energy future. Since 2009, FORCE has built electrical infrastructure to allow tidal stream devices to deliver power to the provincial grid. In partnership with academic and research institutions, they have invested more than $15 million in research, monitoring and the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology program, increasing understanding and scientific knowledge of the Minas Passage.

In her off time, Sandra can be found “down shore” corralling chickens and enjoying sunsets over the Cobequid Highlands.


Exciting news from the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We will soon be opening a 2nd office, to be located in downtown Parrsboro. This venture is made possible though the efforts of many people. We will take a bit of time to get the space ready to go, but look forward to seeing you there in the not too distant future. Of course, we still have our main office in Debert, and welcome you there at any time. We are on the lookout for some donated or reasonably priced furnishings for the Parrsboro office. Has your business recently upgraded your furniture and you are looking for a new home for what you used before? Do you have some stuff taking up space in your basement or garage that could take on a Geopark life? We would be so appreciative to hear from you. In particular we need office desks and chairs, a meeting table and chairs, shelving for merchandise displays and for storage, filing cabinets, waste receptacles, and a coffee maker would be fabulous too. Please send us a private message if you can help or call us at 902-641-2225. Meanwhile check out our windows!!#cliffsoffundy ... See MoreSee Less
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The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) held a working lunch meeting yesterday to explore more ways that these two organizations can collaborate and present some shared programming in the future. Thanks to Paul Aitken and his staff at The Maple Inn for the fabulous lunch and gracious surroundings. We'll be back!#cliffsoffundy#force#mapleinnparrsboro ... See MoreSee Less
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Check our our newly expanded online store for the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We now a fabulous collection of books for all ages by local authors and on topics in keeping with the work of the Geopark. Here is the link to our shopping page: ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday September 18th, the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark conducted a Shoreline Cleanup at three locations in Colchester County:- Glenholme (Little Dyke Beach)- Bass River (Saints Rest)- Five Islands Lighthouse ParkA big thank you to our community partners for their contributions:#WrightsPharmasave Wright’s Pharmacy for the sharps containers;#ColchesterWasteResourceManagement – for their volunteer help and for collecting and safely disposing of the trash we collected;#TruroBuzz- for their participation and for helping us spread the word;#MunicipalityofColchester- for the pylons and flagging tape;#CourtneySylvester – for volunteer time and participation;#ThrownTogetherPottery – for the weigh scales.We collected a total of 25kg of garbage from the shoreline! Our winning finding was cigarette butts with a count of 352 collected during the cleanup (over 14 packs)! Cumberland County - it's your turn in the spring! ... 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.