IPAC British Columbia (IPAC BC)
Welcome to IPAC BC: A chapter of IPAC Canada since 1987!
Our Chapter has 195 members and covers all of British Columbia including Vancouver island. Of the IPAC BC members there is Infection Prevention and Control representation from all 6 health authorities including Providence Health Care, Industry Representation, the Good Samaritan Society, and Yale town House Society. There is representation from Acute Care, Residential Care and Mental Health and Substance Use programs. There is representation from Epidemiology, Medical Microbiologists and Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health. Our chapter was known as BCPIC until 2005 when we changed to CHICA BC, then to IPAC BC in 2014.
The goal of the chapter is to enhance the quality of health care by providing a forum for education and the exchange of information on communicable diseases, the control and prevention of infection in the patient/client/resident, the health care worker and the public at large.
To learn more about our chapter and its members, click here to see our 2016 3M Chapter Achievement Award submission.
- Provide formal educational opportunities for chapter members, enabling an increase of knowledge and expertise in Infection Prevention and Control.
- Provide assistance and support to chapter members through the free exchange in ideas, information and expertise.
- Promote and facilitate a positive working relationship between chapter members and all allied health care professionals, including their representative professional organizations, in order that IPAC BC members may be seen as the primary resource persons in the field of Infection Control.
- Participate in the growth and strengthening of IPAC Canada by providing liaison persons and chapter input for committee deliberations and tasks
I am Kelly Dillon President of IPAC BC.
I have been working with Interior Health as an Infection Control Practitioner since 2009. I work in the rural and remote areas of northern Interior Health providing Infection Prevention and Control services to acute, residential and community programs over a large geographical area between Williams Lake, Kamloops and Merritt. I am currently transitioning into my new role of Project Lead for IH Infection Prevention & Control.
I believe my keen interest in leadership and quality improvement for patients and staff has been present throughout each of my previous nursing roles. Over 20+ years I have been manager for several different residential care facilities, case manager for psychiatry and manager of psychiatric elderly services as well as a consultant for adult guardianship and elder abuse issues, servicing Interior Health West including over 34 First Nation communities.
I play an active role within my community working with palliative pediatric patients in their home supporting both the child and their family. I am a consultant for Travel Medicine as well as a volunteer Infection Control Consultant for the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I have 2 amazing daughters, Sarah and Jenna, who keep me busy with their football and soccer practices and games. We are huge BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps fans and try to attend as many games as possible.
Along with the 2018 Executive, I look forward to working with each and every one of you. We would love to hear your ideas on how to make our chapter even better.