Jennifer Brain received the Queens Service Medal in 2007 for services to the New Zealand Deaf Community. Jennifer is well known for her leadership with the New Zealand Association for the Deaf (NZAD). Jennifer became the first Deaf Leadership Tutor promoting community and Deaf youth leadership, before becoming the first Deaf Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Through her work, Jennifer was ahead of her time with the strategic planning of many Deaf community projects including Deaf awareness and Deaf leadership. She advocated for Deaf rights, education and the improvement of communication between Deaf and hearing people. Her tireless efforts strengthened the Association to become a Deaf-led organisation.