IPAC Southwestern Ontario (IPAC SWO)
2018-2019 IPAC SWO Executive
The following positions on the IPAC SWO executive were filled at our September 21, 2018 chapter meeting. Please welcome the new and returning members of the IPAC SWO Executive.
- President Elect (2 year term) - Dori Taylor
- Secretary (2 year term) - Robyn Latendresse
- Education Co-chair (1 year term) - Lindsay Samoila
- Treasurer/Membership Director (2 year term) - Sonalben Shah
- Knowledge Transfer Coordinator/Webmaster (2 year term) - Eleanor Paget
Please welcome the new and returning members of the IPAC SWO Executive.
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Francine Paquette is the Team Lead of IPAC West Regional Team of Public Health Ontario, located in St. Marys, Ontario. She joined PHO in 2013 as an Infection Control Consultant before becoming a Regional IPAC Specialist in 2016. Prior to joining PHO, Francine was a public health inspector with Oxford County Public Health, specializing in Infection Prevention and Control since 1998 and has maintained her certification in infection control since 2007.
Since 1992, Francine has been an active member of IPAC SWO, the IPAC Chapter is Southwestern Ontario, as its secretary from 2015-106 and is currently the chapter's President.
Dori Taylor has been nursing for 27 years with most of her career working in labor and delivery. In 2009, she moved to Public Health as the Infection Control Practitioner. Dori obtained her certification in infection control in 2013. She has been the IPAC SWO Education co-chair since 2016 and was elected as the 2018-2019 President Elect.
Cheryl Tung is a Public Health Inspector currently working at the Middlesex London Health Unit. Cheryl's career in public health started over 25 years ago with the last 14 years focused on Infectious Disease and IPAC. Cheryl has been involved with IPAC SWO for many years, first as a member of the education committee and then as a member of the executive.
Cheryl loves music, theatre, travel and everything birds.
Sonalben Shah is a Full time Infection control Professional at Woodstock general Hospital (WGH); a 178 bed acute care facility. Sonal in her role is actively engaged in surveillance, outbreak management, Policy & Procedure writing, IPAC education and Projects. Her role also entails communication with key stake holders such as the Health Unit, PHO, Physicians/surgeons and regional ICPs among others. She began her Journey in Infection control as a volunteer at WGH in 2012 transitioning to ICP in 2015.
Sonal has her Masters in Microbiology & CIC certification. Her professional Journey encompasses vast additional experience including Medical Lab Tech in Kenya, QC Manager of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Kenya and Pharmacy assistant in retail pharmacy both in Kenya & Canada.
She has also had the privilege of experiencing & integrating diverse cultures into her life; she is Indian origin, brought up in Kenya and settled in Canada.
Sonal's accomplishments include climbing Mt.kilimanjaro/Mt. Longonot, Orange belt in karate, outward bound courses in Kenya and her hobbies, music, yoga and photography.
Robyn Latendresse is Public Health Nurse at Southwestern Public Health in St. Thomas. Robyn’s career in Public Health started in 2003. Over the last 10 years she has worked on the Infectious Disease team. Robyn has been a member of IPAC SWO since 2009.
Kim Hobbs has 29 years of nursing experience. She has filled a variety of roles in healthcare including front line nursing, educator and coordinator roles. She moved into infection prevention and control in 2011. She is currently the manager of infection control at the Woodstock General Hospital, a role she has filled since 2014. Kim has been the IPAC SWO Education co-chair since 2014.
Lindsay Samoila is a Bachelor of Science prepared Registered Nurse who began her career in acute care as a floor nurse, and transitioned to become an Infection Control Practitioner. Lindsay currently works as an ICP at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare in post-acute care. Upon completing the IPAC Canada Online Novice ICP course in 2015, she achieved her CIC designation in 2016.
Lindsay has a special interest in the crucial relationship between Environmental Services and IPAC, and the application of best practices in practical health care environments. Lindsay’s passion is sharing her unique IPAC lens with a good dose of humor and practical life examples.
Lindsay is excited facilitate IPAC educational opportunities for IPAC processionals in her role as the Educational Co-Chair. She looks forward to learning from the leaders in the IPAC Canada community.
Cara-Lee has been an active member of IPAC Canada and an Executive Member of our local chapter, IPAC-SWO, since 2013. She has served on the IPAC-SWO chapter executive in a variety of roles including, Knowledge Transfer, Webmaster, and more recently, the non-acute care representative. Cara-Lee has been a Public Health Nurse since 2007 and is currently working in the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control program area for Southwestern Public Health.
Eleanor Paget started her career in public health in 2001 at the Middlesex London Health Unit on the Vaccine Preventable Disease Team. In 2003 she transitioned to the Infectious Disease Control team and in 2017 made the leap to Public Health Ontario. Eleanor is currently a Regional IPAC Specialist with Public Health Ontario's IPAC Regional Support West team.