Silver winner: Samantha Parke-Faga, Community Relations Specialist, Round Mountain

Sam joined Kinross in 2012 and has become an integral part of the Kinross Nevada family both on site and in the community since then.

Sam manages employee functions for over 850 employees and organizes team-building and celebratory events for both Round Mountain and Bald Mountain. Recently, she organized a National Miner’s Day lunch to recognize employees for their accomplishments, and led the International Women’s Day dinner where all female employees and their mothers and daughters attended and received complimentary gift bags.

While her on-site efforts help build Kinross’ team culture, her impact in the community has also been notable. Sam sits on community boards in Austin, Tonopah, Old Round Mountain and New Round Mountain where she represents Kinross and works with residents to make improvements in their communities.

Sam has also helped build on Kinross’ relationship with communities through social events and promoting jobs and economic opportunities. She leads the Jobs for Nevada Graduates (J4NG) and Nevada Careers programs at Kinross that welcome students and underrepresented populations to learn more about Kinross and our opportunities.  

Through her work both on-site and in the community, Sam is constantly championing Kinross’ values. She believes the strength of our Company lies in our commitment to responsible mining and being a good neighbour. Her efforts do not go unseen as she is actively appreciated by colleagues and community members.

“Sam is a really excellent example of ‘Outstanding Corporate Citizenship’. She brings to Community Relations passion and energy, sincerity, care for others, a team approach and strong connection with the business,” said Dominic Channer, Vice-President, Community Relations. “Working together with Bald Mountain, Sam has helped develop a Kinross Nevada Community Relations strategy which leverages the strengths of both sites.”

“Sam is a phenomenal representative for Round Mountain and continually lives up to the values of Kinross,” said Matthew Miller, CSR Specialist, Bald Mountain. “She has a saying when it comes to community engagement. ‘Trust is not transferable. First you have to earn it, then you have to maintain it.’ These are words that Sam lives by. She consistently engages with stakeholders on site and in the public, building strong relationships and earning trust.”

Samantha Parke-Faga, Community Relations Specialist, Round Mountain
Samantha kicks off the Nevada Super Build project with team members
Samantha with a student at graduation
Samantha during a site visit in partnership with NV careers
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