What happens when you combine, passion, pride and personality? You get Wendy Anderson, Coeur Rochester’s resident Safety Trainer.
Wendy moved to Nevada from North Dakota when she was 18 years-old. Like most people in the mining world, Wendy got her start in an entry-level position. She was a Haul Truck Driver at Coeur Rochester for two years before venturing into the blasting and survey department. Wendy transitioned back into the operations department and became the first female heavy equipment operator, the first female shift lead, and then the first female operations supervisor. Fast-forward a few years, and you’ll now find Wendy as a staple of the Coeur Rochester safety team. Wendy recalled the obstacles she had to overcome to get to where she’s at today.
“Having a good supervisor that believes in you and your abilities makes a world of difference,” states Anderson. “It’s empowering to look back on my journey and reflect on what I’ve overcome. The person I am today and the position I’m in is because Coeur recognized my potential, gave me the opportunity to prove myself, and said ‘Yes, you can!’”
Not only is Wendy a wealth of knowledge and experience, but it’s clear that she is highly respected among her peers. Rich Wagner, Safety Manager at Coeur Rochester, notes that Anderson has created an atmosphere of trust and necessary tough love.
“Wendy genuinely cares about her colleagues. She cares about their well-being and wants to ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day - this also means that Wendy doesn’t back down from those difficult safety conversations. I think our colleagues appreciate those traits in her,” states Wagner.
Anderson is full of stories about Coeur Rochester and the people who work there. She has stories about the people that have come and gone throughout the years, stories about the ups and downs of the mining industry, and stories about the thrills of being a member of the mine emergency rescue team. One theme remains true throughout her stories – Coeur Rochester is family and that will never change.