Shad MountAllison

Program Directors

Erin Penney

Field Biologist and lab instructor, Department of Biology

Erin (she/her) is an enthusiastic educator whose loves helping others get excited about science. She was particularly thrilled when she learned about the opportunity to co-direct Shad at Mount Allison, as she is passionate about facilitating personal growth and empowering Canada’s youth. 

Erin graduated from Memorial University with a degree in Biochemistry before entering the workforce. She has a diverse background, working as a field biologist everywhere from remote northern Newfoundland to a deserted island in the Bering Sea. Erin now works as a laboratory instructor in the Department of Biology at Mount Allison. Here, she has developed strong interest in first-year university success, and integrating experiential learning into the program curriculum.

In her free time, Erin enjoys staying fit (she recently became a certified personal trainer), gardening, running, hiking and camping. Erin also believes that it is important to give back to her community, she has served as a chair person on several fundraising committees and has recently started developing workshops to help women become more independent in the wilderness.

Sal Falk

Editor & Founder, The Lunenburg Barnacle

Sal (she/they) is excited to finally join a maritime campus for her fifth summer with Shad. Starting as a participant at Université de Laval in 2013, their love for Shad has only grown as they’ve supported programs across the country from Lakehead University to University of Saskatchewan and Thompson Rivers University. This will be her first summer working as an Assistant Program Director.

Sal loves storytelling and has spent the last four years working in marine heritage. She’s passionate about connecting people of all ages to local histories, whether that’s through museum collections or oral histories. After completing school and working in France then moving to British Columbia, she has found home in a small coastal community only a few steps from the Atlantic Ocean, where she has taken up boat building and running the local newspaper.