A longtime member of the Grey Bruce Health Unit is retiring.
Christina Milani worked as a Public Health Inspector in Grey Bruce for 30 years.
Milani was part of the evolution of the Health Unit, first working for the Bruce County Health Unit in Walkerton and Southampton and later transferring to Owen Sound when the Grey Bruce Health Unit was formed.
She was recognized for her career at a recent Grey Bruce Health Unit board meeting, and humbly says she was surprised.
"I'm a front-line worker and have always enjoyed my job and always tried to do the best I could do out in the field," Milani says. "It's really a privileged job and I never took it for granted."
Health Unit Media Relations Coordinator Drew Ferguson says Milani aimed for the best outcome for all, adding she was committed to ensuring clients had the best possible information and outcomes.
"Christina is always among the first to acknowledge that there is a person at the other end of that lab report or investigation," says Ferguson.
He credits her extensive infectious disease knowledge and field experience, adding "she will be hard to replace."
Ferguson says Milani's investigative work lead to uncovering the source of many outbreaks including a 1992 salmonella outbreak in a local hospital.
Grey Bruce Health Unit Public Health Manager Denna Leach says Milani acted as a mentor for many current public health inspectors over the years.
"She came to us as a student from the Toronto area and fell in love with the Georgian Bay area and Grey Bruce in particular," Leach says. "We're just blessed that as a student, she stayed on."