Staff at Cliffs of Fundy
Beth Peterkin – Executive Director
Beth Peterkin has an extensive background in not-for-profit governance, fund development and office administration with a strong interest in community sustainability. She has an Economics degree from Carleton University, Ottawa and has completed numerous post-degree business courses including business management and the development of policies and procedures.
Prior to moving to the Bay of Fundy area in Nova Scotia in 2016, Beth worked as the Executive Director in the field of restorative justice in Ontario. She also served seven years as a municipal Councillor in Perth, Ontario and was instrumental in providing leadership to other members of Council in the areas of culture, recreation, and the environment. She has volunteered on several not-for-profit Boards of Directors throughout her career and has organized numerous community events, fundraisers, and regional and national conferences.
Beth believes in getting results and uses creative, innovative thinking in the development of short- and long-term plans. She uses her leadership and communication skills to bring community partners together in problem-solving. These relationship-building skills have resulted in developing strong collaborations over the years.
In addition to her work with the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, Beth currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber Choir and volunteers with The Hall and The Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro. She enjoys music, travel, gardening and walking the Bay of Fundy beaches.
With a Bachelor of Recreation Management degree from Acadia University, specializing in Community Tourism and Recreation Development, Devin has over twenty years experience in tourism development, marketing, and communications within Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy region.
Devin worked as the Marketing Coordinator for the Central Nova Tourism Association for 15 years before becoming the organization’s Executive Director. After working as a consultant for a number of years he then became the Research, Policy, and Community Engagement Officer for the Municipality of Colchester where he now provides valued staff support to the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society on behalf of the Municipality.
Devin was a member of the steering committee that led Cliffs of Fundy to achieving its UNESCO Global Geopark designation in July of 2020. He also attended the International Global Geoparks Network Conference in Italy in 2018, the European Global Geoparks Network Conference in Spain in 2019, and participated in the intensive Global Geoparks Network Digital Course offered in 2020.
Caleb Grant (he/him)
Caleb is the resident Geoscientist with the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark who joined the team in January of 2021.
Caleb grew up in Hants County, Nova Scotia, and attended St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) with dreams of becoming a teacher. Shortly after arriving at StFX however, he transferred to the Geology program and, in 2018, completed an honours thesis researching rocks in the northeastern Cape Breton Highlands. Recently, Caleb graduated from Acadia University with a Master of Geology degree and is excited to be making the transition into the public education and communication field.
“While I was in school I realized that there is often a disconnect between the academic community and general public who may be interested in learning about geology or the world around them. Ever since I learned about the Geopark, and even before I joined the team, I have been eager to get involved so that I might help to make the geologic wonders in Nova Scotia a little more accessible.”
Leah Benetti is a multidisciplinary artist with a love for books and knowledge. She attended York University and OCADU, graduating with a BFA in Cross-disciplinary arts: Publications in 2020. She has always been an outdoor enthusiast, and her work with the Geopark has offered her an incredible opportunity to get to know this area, which she explored extensively growing up, in an entirely new way. Her passion is combining creativity, community, learning, and nature, which is where she finds her place here in the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark.
Lauren Muzak Ruff (she/her/hers)
The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is pleased to welcome Lauren Muzak Ruff as the GEOfood Program Developer. Lauren recently completed a Master of Environmental Science degree at Acadia University and is excited to contribute to the great work being done in the Cliffs of Fundy community.
Lauren is passionate about environmental education and public outreach. In her position with the Geopark, she has developed the GEOfood and Ambassador programs, assisted in other Geopark initiatives and has been keen to explore the Geopark through hiking and the lens of her camera.
Originally hailing from New Brunswick, Lauren has made Nova Scotia her home, living across the province and diving into her communities. Outside of the Geopark, Lauren is a community speed skating coach, coaching various programs with clubs in the Annapolis Valley and Dartmouth.