Productive and busy department dealing with varying health issues in the community and environment.
Pros: great working environment; very comfortable and relaxed.
The Environment Health Office dealt with a variety of concerns including the inspection and licensing of a number of premises throughout the Island. These included food establishments, restaurants, grocery stores, beauty salons/spas, childcare establishments/nurseries and several others. The inspectors would go out into their assigned sections and inspect the properties for cleanliness, functionality and provide advice to property owners on how to meet the necessary requirements in order to keep their businesses open. My job consisted of producing correspondence, typing letters to business owners and the processing and issuance of health certification.
Everyone worked as a very cohesive team, not only providing a needed service, but having a few laughs along the way. The Chief Officer worked well with the staff, graciously opening her home to after hour activities on Friday evenings. She could be very stern and strict with work, but was always pleasant and promoted the positive attitude and encouraged staff growth. I also had the opportunity to work as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer, during his assistant's illness. This gave me the chance to associate with other members of the department and learn the workings of the Ministry office. It should be noted that I split my time between the two offices, doing two entirely jobs concurrently. The hardest part of my job was actually when I left to pursue another career option. However, I have maintained friendly relationships and do keep in touch. Sadly, the Chief Environment Health Officer passed away this summer after a long illness.