Jill Williams, RN, BScN
Senior Nurse Advisor, Centre for Immunization & Respiratory Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada
As a nurse, Jill Williams enjoys working with like-minded people who are passionate about public health. She is currently a Senior Nurse Advisor on the Pandemic Preparedness Team at the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. This team works with provinces and territories, health providers and international partners to ensure that Canada is prepared in the event of an influenza pandemic.
Jill is currently helping create and implement Canada’s pandemic vaccine strategy. This strategy includes pharmaceutical measures like vaccines and antivirals, as well as public health measures to prevent and control the spread of a new influenza strain. In addition, the Government of Canada maintains a long-term contract with a domestic vaccine manufacturer to meet Canada’s needs in the event of an influenza pandemic.
When thinking back to some of her career highlights, Jill remembers her time working with First Nations communities. For more than thirteen years, she worked with Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in First Nations communities throughout Ontario, as well as in the Ontario regional office. While on leave from Health Canada from 2013 to 2015, Jill worked in an Inuit community on Baffin Island as a public health nurse for the Government of Nunavut.
“A career highlight for me was being able to merge my professional and personal worlds,” Jill told us. Her experience working north of the Arctic Circle gave her the opportunity to introduce her children to Indigenous culture. “We were all able to experience the sense of community, strength and traditional ways of living and working. It was an amazing and enriching experience for my whole family.”
You can visit Canada.ca for more information on Canada’s current pandemic plans.
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