Mining Family Matters is an online support network empowering Canadian families in mining, oil and gas. The organisation began life in Australia, founded by moms Alicia Ranford and Lainie Anderson in 2010. Alicia came up with the idea of a support website after her own young children struggled to cope with their dad's fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roster – and she realized other families might benefit greatly by knowing they’re not alone in doing it tough sometimes. When the Australian website began to attract increasing enquires from Canadian families, miningfm.ca was born.
Alicia Ranford: Founder/director of Mining Family Matters. Alicia is a nurse, mom of two and mining wife. Alicia and her mining engineer husband Joe moved six times in the space of a decade, so she's an expert at relocating a young family, coping with life in isolated mining towns and staying happily married despite the challenges of FIFO.
Lainie Anderson: Founder/director of Mining Family Matters. Lainie is a newspaper columnist in Adelaide, South Australia, and has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, public relations, website editing and marketing. She is also a mom of two, and writes regularly about the pressures of modern-day relationships and parenting.
Tara Cater: Tara Cater is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, with a specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her doctoral research investigates the impacts of participation in FIFO work practices on northern Indigenous (Inuit) workers and their families in Nunavut, Canada. She conducts research interviews with Inuit and non-Indigenous FIFO workers, their spouses, community leaders, government officials and mining executives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and at the Canadian multinational mining corporation, Agnico-Eagle Mines' remote Arctic mine sites. Tara's also got a wealth of personal experience with the topic. While she was growing up in northern Canada, her Dad was often away working FIFO – he's a geologist and has commuted to remote sites around the world including Tanzania, Dominican Republic, the US, Bulgaria, and in the Canadian Arctic.