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Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario!

Message from the President

Welcome to IPAC SWO! 

My name is Francine Paquette, 2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President. 

Our chapter has a rich history of supporting approximately 130 members with geographic boundaries that spread to three LHIN regions. Our members represent all health care sectors including acute care, long term care, community care, public health as well as industry.

IPAC SWO offers face-to face meetings, webinars and educational workshops to meet the educational needs of our members. Our meetings provide a forum for networking, education and collaboration and we invite you and your colleagues to join us as a member or as a guest.

IPAC SWO is proud to offer:

  • The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence that recognizes a chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Control,
  • Scholarship funding for members to attend the Annual IPAC Canada National Conference.

I welcome you to contact any member of the executive to find out what IPAC Canada has to offer.

Francine Paquette

2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President

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Upcoming Events

2019 Conjoint Conference (IFIC and IPAC Canada) Quebec City- May 24-29, 2019

The next annual IPAC Conference will be held in beautiful Quebec City, May 24-29, 2019. See the 2019 Conjoint Conference web page for further details.   

IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Day- February 22, 2019

The next IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Day is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 by webinar. The topic for the educational portion of the day will be Occupational Dermatitis and will be presented by Dr. Maureen Cividino, Infection Control/Occupational Health Physician with Public Health Ontario.

This event is free for Members and Non-Members to attend. Dial in information will be posted when available.


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IPAC SWO featured in IPAC NEWS Fall 2018 Edition

IPAC SWO was one of two chapters highlighted in IPAC Canada's IPAC News Fall 2018 Edition.  Highlights in the article included activities associated with the Educational Workshop "Cracking the IPAC Code" and the "IPAC 101 for Clinical Office Settings" which was targeted to a non-traditional healthcare sector group.  The IPAC News Fall 2018 edition can be found in the members only section of the IPAC Canada Website.


2018 IPAC SWO Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence Recipient

It is our honour to announce the 2018 Betty Bannerman Award winner is Brenda Prouse, ICP at Alexandra Hospital in Ingersoll.  

The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence is designed to recognize an IPAC SWO chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control.  The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence is generously sponsored by 3M Canada.  

Brenda first received her Certification in Infection Control 2007 and continues to re-certify this credential.   Brenda is a humble leader with an engaging manner that brings out the best in others.  Her calm and supportive leadership style, her sense of humor, and her creative yet practical approach have been much appreciated by those who have been fortunate to have worked with her. 

Since joining CHICA Canada in 2002, Brenda has demonstrated her commitment to the IPAC SWO chapter  She has participated on the organizing committees of a number of large successful local conferences.  At the 2018 National conference in Banff, Alberta, Brenda and her colleagues from Oxford County Public Health presented the poster: “Three Sputum Away from Freedom”.

Within the IPAC SWO chapter ,Brenda has an extensive history of volunteering and assuming leadership roles. She has served as President-Elect, Chapter President, Education Co-Chair, Secretary and filled in when needed as Membership/Treasurer.

Brenda exemplifies the qualities of exceptional leadership, service and excellence in the field of infection prevention and control and is a worthy recipient of the IPAC SWO Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence.

Education Day Presentations

Did you know that you can access presentations from past education days here? Visit "IPAC SWO Chapter Meetings" on the right navigation bar to access these documents.

IPAC SWO 2018-2019 Executive Election Results

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 (2 year term) - Lindsay Samoila
  • Treasurer/Membership Director (2 year term) - Sonalben Shah
  • Knowledge Transfer Coordinator/Webmaster (1 year term) - Eleanor Paget

Please welcome the new and returning members of the IPAC SWO Executive.

IPAC 101 in Community Health Settings a Success

IPAC SWO chapter supported by Public Health Ontario offered a series of IPAC 101 in Community Health Settings workshops in London and Windsor. Over the course of of three hours, participants from community health settings and dental health settings learned about IPAC requirements and best practices and how it applies to their setting. Thank you to IPAC SWO Chapter members who presented and facilitated these sessions.


IPAC SWO represented well at 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference

IPAC SWO chapter was well represented at the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference in Banff, Alberta. The conference took place from May 27-30, 2018. The event brought together delegates from across the country as well as from other countries as far away as Nepal, USA, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Congratulations to the following IPAC SWO chapter members whose poster presentations were  accepted by the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference.

  • Kim Hobbs, Sonalben Shah, Jaime Lynn Cornelius, Jessica Kooger, Shelby Ludington from Woodstock Hospital. Decending the Summit of VRE Transmission: Drastic Reduction of VRE Nosocomial Cases and Outbreaks on Acute Medical Units.
  • Lesley Leach, Cara-Lee Coghill from Oxford County Public Health and Brenda Prouse from Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll. Three Sputum Samples Away From Freedom
  • Jessica Kooger, Natalie Goertz, IPAC Consulting, Woodstock. Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office Setting

A summary of the above posters can be found on the in the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference Oral And Poster Presentation booklet.

Delegates from the IPAC SWO Chapter will have the opportunity to share their experiences and what they have learned at an upcoming IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Educational Day. The next IPAC Canada National Conference will be in partnership with International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)  and is scheduled for May 26-29, 2019 in Quebec City.

Winners of 2018 Ecolab Poster Contest 

Congratulations to Lindsay McKeen and Eleanor Paget From Public Health Ontario for creating the winning submission for the 2018 Ecolab Poster Contest. The award was presented on May 27th at the IPAC Canada annual conference in Banff, Alberta and was accepted by IPAC SWO President Elect Francine Paquette.  The poster is available for download and printing through IPAC Canada's Ecolab Poster Contest Webpage.

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