By Charlotte Smith
A leader with a servant’s heart retired this month from Bladen County Health Department. Djuana Register surpassed 10 Health Directors and two interim directors in her 30 years of service to the county.
“She was a joy to work with and had a passion for Public Health. She was not only a great supervisor, but is a great person as well,” Becky Culbreth with the Bladen County Health Department said as she reflected about working with Mrs. Register.
“She went above and beyond to make sure work was done and deadlines were met.” Mrs. Culbreth stated, “She trained me in my position now and encouraged me when I doubted myself. She was the epitome of an exemplary employee.”
Mrs. Register started with Bladen County in February, 1990 and worked for the county until August 31, 2019. Her official retirement date was September 1st, according to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners presented Mrs. Register with a plaque for her years of service during their meeting this past Monday, September 16th.
Dr. Terri Duncan, Bladen County Health and Human Services Director acknowledged Mrs. Register for her dedicated service during the meeting. Dr. Duncan said, “There are no words, really, to express what Djuana Register did for public health in her 30 plus years.”
Mrs. Register was given the floor to address the audience in attendance. “It has been a labor of love,” Mrs. Register said after accepting her plaque Monday evening at the commissioners meeting. “I can not imagine working anywhere else to serve the people that we have served.”
She added, “I look forward to seeing what public health can do in the future. Under the new administration, it will go beautifully well.”
Mrs. Registered closed saying, “I am looking forward to my retirement and looking forward to what the next chapter holds.”
Watch the video honoring Mrs. Register here.