At Avino, we believe that when business, societal and environmental interests overlap, everyone wins.
Having operated in the same community in Mexico for more than 40 years, Avino has benefited from long standing relationships that continue to aid the company's ongoing development. Our goal is to make meaningful contributions to the communities in which we operate by engaging the local workforce, providing new opportunities and continually looking for ways to better the lives of our employees and their families.
We are also fortunate to be building relationships with communities in Canada as we develop the Bralorne project in British Columbia.
From the top down, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard in corporate citizenship. We are committed to growing in a sustainable manner that supports the well-being of our communities and the environment in which we operate. We value our reputation and the trust and confidence placed in us by our stakeholders.
Our goal is to minimize the environmental effects of our operations, provide a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and contractors and to conserve both human and environmental resources for future generations.
We recognize that the ability to generate long-term value for our shareholders is firmly rooted in the manner in which we conduct ourselves, how we treat our employees, how we interact with the communities in which we operate, and how we respect the environment.
Avino Property, Durango, Mexico
Starting in 2011, the nearby towns of Avino de San Jose and Panuco de Coronado have benefited from free medical services provided by the company employed doctor and the related service of our medical centre.
Clean water for crops
In 2013 Avino began dewatering the extensive underground workings at the main Avino mine as part of its program to re-open the mine. To help the local communities, Avino treated 1,013,069 cubic meters of acidic water at the mine site in a new water treatment facility then pumped it to a nearby reservoir where it was used to irrigate crops around Avino de San Jose and Panuco de Coronado. The dewatering program was completed in May 2014.
Also on the Avino mining concessions is the El Caricol dam which was built by the company decades ago and continues to provide water for the mine as well as local agriculture.
Involvement and outreach in the local communities surrounding the Avino mine has allowed Avino to cultivate and maintain strong long-term relationships.
Recent Contributions to the community include:
- Donation for the graduation at the Colegio de Estudios Cientificos y Tecnologicos del Estado de Durango.
- Donated mother's day gifts to a local Durango charity called "Sistema Estatal de Telesecundarias"
- Installed a new fence at Panuco de Coronado's preschool "Jardin de Ninos"
- Donated office chairs for Panuco de Coronado middle school "Escuela Primaria Jose Tuero S"
- Donated bags of candy to Panuco de Coronado's preschool and middle school.
- Donated to Cruz Roja Mexicana (Red Cross)
- Donated to the presidency of Panuco de Coronado
Safety Award/Governors Visit
Durango International Mining Week
In July 2013, Avino was recognized by the governor of Durango, Mexico, Mr. Jorge Herrera Caldera for its outstanding efforts to improve safety conditions for workers and employees as well as its contributions to local communities. The prestigious award is granted annually to the company who best demonstrates commitment to safety and outreach.
The award ceremony was part of the Durango International Mining Week Convention which is an annual event to promote mining activity in Mexico and Durango as well as to recognize participants who are at the forefront of health and safety in the mining sector. Also in attendance were Mr. Alejandro Torres Alcantara, president of the Federal Labour Inspectorate and Juan Emilio Peņa, president of the Health and Safety Committee of the Mining Chamber of Mexico.
Governors Visit News Clip Also at Mining Week was a competition between safety crews from various mining operations in the Durango area, Avino finished first in the competition further demonstrating its commitment to the safety of its crews.
Following up on a promise made at the event, Governor Caldera visited the mine site in September and met with Avino's management and mine staff.
Bralorne Gold Mines, British Columbia, Canada
Since acquiring the Bralorne Mine in late 2014, one of Avino's top priorities has been to establish strong, long term relationships with local stakeholders, especially First Nations.
The Bralorne property is located in the heart of the St'at'imc First Nation's traditional territory, over which the St'at'imc maintain title and rights. Since acquiring the Bralorne project, Avino's management has made it a priority to forge trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with the St'at'imc Chiefs Council, the Lillooet Tribal Council and the four St'at'imc communities (Xwisten, N'Quatqua, T'it'g'et and Tsalalh) directly affected by our activities. Avino staff hold regular consultation meetings to openly discuss our development and reclamation plans, capacity building and environmental monitoring as well as training and educational opportunities for members of the St'at'imc communities.
Leaders in First Nations Education, Training and Engagement
In February 2016, in conjunction with North Island College and St'at'imc Government Services, Avino completed a four-month underground mining training educational cohort for 12 members of the St'at'imc communities - all of whom graduated the program and received a number of industry certification tickets. The program, funded largely by the provincial government, involved three months of classroom instruction in Lillooet followed by two weeks of hands-on training at Bralorne.
Avino plans to conduct a similar program beginning November, 2016 and will include a state-of-the-art training simulator from Sandvik. Avino intends to employ a number of partners to develop more advanced training programs for the St'at'imc.
We encourage you to click on the link below to view this video and see how Avino, North Island College and St'at'imc Government Services came together to provide valuable mining training to the community and hear what the students and instructors have to say about the experience.