Jess is a lawyer, human rights advocate, community organizer and passionate volunteer.
Born and raised in St. Paul’s, Jess is a knowledgeable public servant who has played a key role in implementing policy initiatives at Queen's Park, ranging from women’s health programs to consumer protection measures. She understands the importance of effective leadership and having a seat at the table where the decisions are being made.
Jess has advised on complex legal and public policy challenges through her legal work at a major international law firm, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Family Responsibility Office and the Liberal Party of Canada.
Jess dedicates her time to important social causes at the local and international level. For years, she volunteered with the St. John Ambulance, providing canine therapy visits to residents of a local long-term care home.
Jess offers pro bono legal advice to groups involved in sponsoring refugees in coming to Canada, and prepares human rights reports for an international NGO. This work has taken Jess to the frontlines of the refugee crisis in Greece, where she advocated for asylum seekers.
Jess went to the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier before obtaining her law degree at Queen’s University.
Jess will stand up for the interests of local residents and will be a fresh and effective voice for you at Queen’s Park.