I was a colleague and friend of Milana's during her Toronto working years. We kept in touch even after her move to Vancouver, and met with her during Toronto visits (the "Circle"... Sophia, Marian, and Elizabeth). We knew she was giving her illness a valiant fight. Hearing of her passing recently was a very difficult thing. Her enjoyment of her family, friends and career.......her sense of humour and positive nature will always be remembered and cherished. From circle friend, Elizabeth
I really love and miss you aunt Milana. My heart aches still but I know you would want me to be strong and it was honestly an honor to call you my aunt. You taught me to never give up and to pursue what I love. Thank you for a lifetime of memories. I love you and I hope our paths meet again some day.
When I was visiting schools to find the right one for my son, who has special needs, I met several excellent principals, but Milana stood out from the rest. I watched her kind, easy, meaningful interactions with her students and staff and knew we had found the perfect school.
My son loved her too. Every morning she greeted the kids at the door, and he would ask, “Ms. Christie, are you doing the announcements today? Your voice is so beautiful. It's always the best when you do the announcements.”
Last fall, he told me that Ms. Christie had come to visit and that he had helped her with using her wheelchair. I cried both because I knew this meant that Milana was facing such difficult challenges and because I was overcome again by what an extraordinary, talented and committed teacher she was. In the midst of her own illness, she made the time to visit the children who loved her so dearly, teaching them by example that a life that includes illness or disability is still a life to be lived with love and joy and courage.
She left the world a better place through her courage, kindness and dedication.
Although now retired, I remember Milanna as a new "bright light" to the leadership role in the Vancouver system. She was thoughtful and calm yet funny and bright. I watched her career with interest and know that she will be sadly missed by all those she touched.
Milana...you will be so missed...the kids at Fraser are so fortunate to have had you as their principal. Much love to you and your family - Karen Nicolay, and Nigel, Owain, and Liam Pike
Milana's kind spirit and dedication to her students inspired me to be a better educator. I will always remember the lessons I learned from her when I had the privilege of working with her during my Vancouver School Board days.
Milana,it was an honor to be able to call you a friend. I will never forget our happy, laughter-filled times at Jamieson. I'm so glad we kept in touch afterwards, enjoying our "Klump" get-togethers. We've lost a very special person, but our lives are better for having known you. I will miss you so.
I had the immense pleasure of working with Milana at Jameison School for 2 years. Her warmth, her humour,her ability to deal with all situations, and her calm collected manner, made it absolute delight to work with her. She was pure joy and I feel priveledged to have known her. Sharon McIntee Birrell
You brought a ray of sunshine to Simon Fraser's family. May love surround you as you go on.
Sending healing thoughts from Switzerland to the family, friends, former colleagues and students of the lovely Milana Christie. I enjoyed working with Milana at the very beginning of my teaching career in Vancouver. Even more fun than that was socializing with her in the late 90's until I departed for a life abroad. I will always remember her smile and her gentle spirit.
In loving memory of a wonderful person and dedicated educator. Milana's infectious smile, her love of life, her optimism and her dedication to her students will be remembered. Her contributions to the Vancouver School District will have a lasting impact. She will be missed by many.
Dearest Milana, May the next part of your journey be filled with peace. I will miss your kindness and support.