For over 40 years the provision of quality health care has been central to Jean’s career. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Jean worked as a health care manager in Rural Health for Island Health. Subsequently, she was an instructor in the Health Care Program at North Island College in Port Hardy.
During her years as a health care manager, Jean was very involved with the University of British Columbia's Interprofessional Rural Placement Program, which promotes interdisciplinary practice. She was instrumental in the development of two primary health care programs within Island Health: the creation of a health care team for rural and remote First Nations villages and the placement of an advance practice nurse into a private physician practice.
For her commitment to the Interprofessional Rural Placement Program, Jean was awarded an adjunct professorship in the College of Health Disciplines in 2006. That same year she was recognized with a Professional Merit award by the Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce.
Jean is a graduate of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing and has nursed in a number of urban and rural communities throughout her career. She has also earned a certificate in Clear Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Jean resides in the town of Port McNeill.
Jean Wheeler was first appointed to the Board of Island Health on February 1, 2012. Her current term expires on December 31, 2018.