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Our Talent If I could use just one word to express all of the feelings that I have for Drummond, it would be GRATITUDE. I can still remember the time when dreams fluttered around in my head, when my desire to work and better myself was larger than my fear of leaving home; when every piece of scenery that I passed sowed hope… And then, the time when “Lucho” brought me to my destination. I have now spent many years in “the Mine,” but today I remember them all with great happiness. It was May 10, 1999, when the main checkpoint was a straw silo, when there was no train and we traveled along the path from the checkpoint to the camp by hitching a ride on a coal truck and it took us an hour and a half to arrive. Weekends were for fishing and bonfire nights at El Paujil. All of the women slept in the old Borrego house and we’d all stay in one room while people told ghost stories. Our recreation area was on the site where the Life Support offices are today. There was only one television and that old sofa that they still keep, and we spent our leisure time playing dominoes, parcheesi or chess games. At that time, there were only Staff 1 and 2 and two buildings: administrative and maintenance. Colombian one and the American one. The bar was free and for the holiday parties the women dressed up in high heels and danced all night. These were times when all of the administrative with a volleyball team in the tournaments in Valledupar and one time we were the winners. I’m talking about when we thought about Miss Lucy and Mr. Nando as our parents, when the capybaras crossed our paths (they still do), when the gym was in a container and there were very few athletes, when shorts were 24 Drummond: Dreams that Come True There were two dining rooms: the staff fit in one van. We participated www.drummondltd.com work clothes for women, and when we had to attend class for an hour a day to learn English. Today, nearly 16 years after I arrived at Drummond with a technical degree, I am extremely grateful. Drummond has not only given me the most wonderful opportunity by hiring me. I also thank my superiors for their trust by allowing me to move up within my department, my co-workers for their support and understanding and, above all, I thank the company for making me grow personally, occupationally and professionally, helping me finish my career as an Engineer and allowing me to learn another language. These are satisfactions that I share today with my household, made up of a family that feels the same gratitude and conviction I had that first day as I watched the scenery as I arrived. Our dreams and goals will continue to become a reality. With immense gratitude, Saine Suárez Saine Suárez works in the maintenance area and has been working at Drummond since 1999. Open letter from Maintenance area employee, Saine Suárez


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