The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) manager who moonlighted as an Ottawa-based fashion and travel influencer has resigned from her job.

Dominique Baker — who garnered criticism last month for accepting a free Jamaican holiday when PHAC was urging Canadians to avoid unnecessary travel  — announced her resignation from the public service to become a full-time influencer on Saturday.

“This is truly my dream, and resigning on my own terms frees me up to focus 100% on what fuels me and to work with brands that I truly love,” Baker said in a video posted on her Instagram page.

“Since I pulled the trigger, I haven’t been able to stop smiling, and I feel like 1,000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.”

Until last week, Dominique Baker was a manager with PHAC’s Centre for Biosecurity, Office of Border and Travel Health.

In a now-deleted Nov. 24 post on her website Style Domination, Baker detailed her trip to a five-star spa resort in Montego Bay courtesy of Air Canada Vacations.


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Ottawa-based style and travel influencer Dominique Baker, who is also a manager with the Public Health Agency of Canada in Montego Bay, Jamaica in Nov. 2020. PHOTO BY HTTP://WWW.STYLEDOMINATION.COM/

“We stayed in a completely luxurious junior suite complete with two butlers (that’s right – BUTLERS,)” she wrote in the post, which the Toronto Sun located.

The post featured photos of Baker in various poses around the resort, highlighting the COVID-19 measures adopted by both Air Canada and local attractions.

Her bosses were displeased over the trip after social media posts were brought to their attention.

“To have employees disregard this travel advice is unacceptable,” said PHAC President Iain Stewart.

“We expect PHAC employees to encourage Canadians to follow public health advice, not to engage in non-essential travel.”

He said the matter was acted upon “immediately,” but wouldn’t elaborate citing privacy concerns.

In the days following, Baker took to social media to say she was “reflective” but stopped short of apologizing.

“While there were comprehensive precautions in place to keep people safe, the timing just wasn’t right and I shouldn’t have gone,” Baker said.

“I admit that and I know that, and I just want to hammer home that I acknowledge this.”

A public relations rep retained by Baker declined comment when contacted by the Toronto Sun.