Where did September go?! With all our recent tours and travel it seems as though the month flew by. On the 17th of September we hosted a group of Juneau educators and representatives from Alaska Resource Education (ARE) . ARE is a nonprofit whose mission is to educate students about Alaska’s resources. This tour was a great opportunity to show local teachers what we do here at Kensington. These educators are teaching our next generation of potential workers and it is imperative that they understand the opportunities through the mining industry and that We Pursue a Higher Standard as Coeur Alaska employees. On the 22nd of September a group of Juneau Legislators and their staff toured the mine and were able to see firsthand what it takes to operate a remote mine site in Southeast Alaska. These tours, along with our Corporate Executive team and other tours, are very important for us as they allow us the opportunity to showcase our people and our mine. A lot of times those that are on these tours only get to see the “numbers” and don’t see the human aspect that makes all this possible. I have received numerous comments and feedback regarding the level of pride that is evident in the workforce here at Kensington. As I have said before, our greatest resource here at Kensington is not the gold in the ground, but all of you that work hard each day.
Looking ahead to the month of October we have already completed two of our “All Hands” meetings at the mine and one in our town office. The next round of “All Hands” meetings will be held in the Surface Maintenance Shop at 7am and 7pm on October 19th. It’s an exciting update on what is going on at Kensington and what we have planned. Our HR team will also be handing out our new jackets at the end of the meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity for you to hear relevant updates from myself and our management team, and also provides a chance for you to raise any questions that you may have.
This past weekend I had the honor of presenting Jerry Harmon with the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual gala event. Jerry has been a staple of the Juneau and Kensington communities for over 35 years and is affectionately known as our “Favorite Miner.” Jerry has a heart of service and never turns down a call to help. He serves on multiple boards, supports local events, and without hesitation donates his own time, money, labor, and equipment. Jerry was instrumental in advocating for the mining industry and the opening of the Kensington Mine. His passion for his work, his generosity, and his support of the community are simply unparalleled. It was a wonderful evening, and I am proud to know and call Jerry a friend.