- Elected Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Cowichan in 2004, re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
- Has been the NDP Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development, Health, Community Economic Development, the Status of Women, Western Critic for Forestry, Deputy Critic for Western Fisheries. Jean has also been Chair of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee. Most recently, Jean was the Critic for Aboriginal Affairs.
- Since being elected to Parliament, has had her motion on Jordan’s Principle to protect the rights of children in care pass unanimously — which has been adopted in Manitoba. Also received unanimous consent for her motion to declare June as National Aboriginal History Month.
- Former Municipal Councillor for North Cowichan
- Served on a number of municipal committees, including Technical Planning, Administration and Finance, Protective Services, the Harbours Commission and the Community Safety Advisory Committee
- Earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University
- Has worked at the former Malaspina University College, Human Resources Development Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour
- With extensive experience in community development and organization, has been active in local chapters of the United Way, the Pacific Childcare Society, the Chambers of Commerce and Volunteer Cowichan.
- Currently has four Private Members bills before Parliament: bill C-495 An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Cowichan River), bill C-421 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (nitrate reduction), bill C-233 An Act to eliminate poverty in Canada, and bill C-638 An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (derelict vessels and wreck).