Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario! Recipient of the 2021 3M Chapter Achievement Award
Message from the President
Welcome to IPAC SWO!
My name is Dori Taylor, the 2021-2022 IPAC SWO Chapter President.
I am excited to announce IPAC SWO's 40th anniversary this year. IPAC SWO has had many successes over the last 40 years and I look forward to working with the executive to continue with this tradition.
IPAC SWO 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. However, for 2021, our meetings will look slightly different in that our meetings and education sessions will be virtual. The executive is committed and planning to offer four virtual meetings this year.
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.
- Support in preparing for Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC)
- Access funding through IPAC-Canada and IPAC-SWO for initial examination or renewal fees
- Access education sessions and resources at quarterly chapter meetings
- Opportunities to connect and IPAC professionals both locally and across Canada.
- Opportunities to increase awareness of current Infection Prevention and Control standards and practices.
- Support for your organization/facility for National Infection Control Week
- Access resources, activities and funding
I welcome you to contact any member of the executive to find out what IPAC Canada has to offer.
2022-2023 IPAC SWO Chapter President
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Call for Applications for IPAC SWO Conference Scholarship is now closed
Once again this year, IPAC SWO chapter is offering a number of scholarships to IPAC SWO Chapter members to attend this year's virtual IPAC Canada Nation Conference 2022. Thank you to those of you who applied for this opportunity. The selection committee will contact successful applicants by March 21,2022. Recipients of the scholarship will be reimbursed for the cost of an early bird registration for conference ticket only (does not apply to pre conference day ticket).
It's that time of the year again. Recertification is now due for those who were certified in 2018. If you are recertifying through the continuing education process and require documentation of education sessions you participated in through IPAC SWO, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CBIC website contains excellent information to assist you through the process. You will find the following resources particularly helpful.
2022 IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education
Upcoming dates for the 2022 IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Days:
- June 10, 2022
- September 16, 2022
- November 18, 2022
Details for upcoming meetings will be posted and sent via e-mail to the membership.
IPAC SWO Awarded 3M Chapter Achievement Award
During the 2021 Annual General Meeting of IPAC Canada held virtually on May 20, 2021, IPAC Canada announced IPAC SWO as the successful chapter to be awarded the 3M Chapter Achievement Award. This award is presented to recognize a chapter's achievement in promoting infection prevention and control in the health care settings across the continuum. This is the second year that IPAC SWO has been fortunate to be recognized in this way. Dori Taylor, president of IPAC SWO accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. To view Dori's acceptance speech please click here. Congratulations to all the members of IPAC SWO.
IPAC Job Opportunities
Access Employment Opportunities section of IPAC Canada's website for current job postings across Canada.
To view other opportunities visit IPAC Canada's Employment Opportunity webpage.
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.
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