Canada’s first Governor General of African descent arrived in the country as a Haitian refugee in 1968. She was raised in Quebec and studied literature at the University of Montreal, continuing her education in Italy and achieving fluency in five different languages. Upon returning home, she began working as a reporter, filmmaker and broadcaster with Radio-Canada. She went on to a successful career in broadcast journalism and made several short films including the award-winning Haiti in All Our Dreams. Jean was sworn in as the country’s Governor General in 2010, the Queen’s representative and titular head of government, a post she occupied for the next five years. She continues to be a staunch advocate for human rights, social justice and world peace.