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PARA–Cola Creek came abuzz last Saturday with the delightful hum of Iamgold families at play. The Canadian goldminer hosted its annual Family Day at the recreational park and over 2,000 workers and their families were in attendance. Bands played, clowns entertained the kids and people mingled or just lazed around; all at the expense of the company.
“We do this out of appreciation for our people,” said Yohann Bouchard Operations Manager at the Rosebel Mine in Brokopondo. He explained that Iamgold puts a lot of value into its workers, to make sure that they feel a sense of ownership of the company. “We’re not here to reap all the benefits of the country and leave. We invested heavily, earn a living from our operations, but moreover, we take the development of our workers at heart; the ultimate development for me, would be when in a few years, when I leave Suriname, someone from here has been trained to take over my job,” he said.
Bouchard said Rosebel Gold Mines RGM is very active on Brokopondo. “The company is participating in the development of sustainable projects with the local communities. Our object, is to contribute to the local development of the services and to develop the economy in Brokopondo,” he said.
Creating a bond through social activities is therefore key, he explained. “This is such a great event. It creates great camaraderie amongst people who usually only see each other on the work floor,” he said.
Read on for Iamgold Fam Day photos by Marlon Hoogdorp