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    Anita Trudeau


    "The management team spends time in the trenches. It's normal to see managers on the production floor; they're really engaged in the day-to-day operations of the plant."

    Production Helper

    2 years at the Mint

    "The management team spends time in the trenches. It's normal to see managers on the production floor; they're really engaged in the day-to-day operations of the plant."

    The job

    Anita Trudeau is part of the Mint's dynamic team of production helpers that ensures coins are properly packaged. Different customers have different packaging requirements: some want their coins bagged while others want them rolled. Sorting, wrapping and boxing coins for 62 countries around the world is a massive operation, one that keeps production staff working around the clock for most of the year.

    My day at the Mint

    "At the beginning of every shift the lead hand assigns us our roles for the day. There are usually three shifts a day with about 15 production helpers working each one. I do everything from operating the packaging and sorting machines to weighing and palletizing the product. I have to be sharp to make sure damaged coins or misplaced coins don't get packaged."

    What makes the Mint a great place to work

    According to Anita, it's the people that make the Mint stand out. She says that although it's a big organization, there's a real sense of camaraderie. "Management has an open-door policy and they really promote personal growth and ultimately want staff to be fulfilled in their work," she says. Anita has always been interested in accounting and has had the chance to pursue her interest by working as a manufacturing clerk to cover off holidays. "There are endless training opportunities available to staff to further their careers," says Anita.

    The Royal Canadian Mint has been selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the fourth consecutive year.

    Anita's pick

    Anita looks forward to the yearly coin collection the Mint gives out to staff every Christmas. She's eagerly awaiting the 2010 proof set.

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