Anna Apoka, Human Resources and Community Relations Specialist
A Russian native who grew up in the Magadan region, Anna is a passionate advocate for the needs of Indigenous people, their history and traditions.
She mentors local Indigenous children and helps them choose a career path after graduating.
Anna also organizes numerous events year-round to celebrate the Chukotka Indigenous culture with traditional costumes, traditions and artefacts.
In addition to her work with Indigenous communities, Anna also leads the efforts to put together numerous events such as the New Year’s Night Festival, National Army Day, Victory Day and Miner’s Day in the community.
In 2016, Anna became the first Russian female to pass the rigorous mine rescue workload test, earning her a feature in Kinross World! The week-long physically gruelling test takes place in South Africa every year and requires participants to carry up to 1,500 pounds over the seven days.
“Anyone who knows Anna will tell you that she lives and breathes her job. Her smile is contagious. She is passionate about communicating and connecting with colleagues,” said one of Anna’s nominators.
Anna began working at Kinross in 2010 in the reception department, and later joined the HR team as a Human Resources and Community Relations Specialist.
Anna with some of the children that she helps to mentor