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Daurene Lewis (1943 - 2013)

Daurene Lewis (1943 - 2013)

Daurene Lewis was an educator, medical professional, businesswoman and politician from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.  She made history as the first black female mayor in Canada. She was also the first African-Canadian senior administrator of Nova Scotia Community College. 

  • Lewis was a descendent of Rose Fortune, the first female police officer in North America.
  • She trained as a registered nurse, and also held a Masters’ of Business Administration.
  • In 1988, Lewis became the first black woman to run (unsuccessfully) in the Nova Scotia provincial election.
  • Lewis was an accomplished textile artist and owned a weaving design business.
  • She received many awards for her work, including: the United Nations Global Citizenship Award, the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the YMCA volunteer award, and a place on the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre Wall of Honour.
  • After her election victory, she said, “I just want to be a good mayor, not a good lady mayor or a good, black, lady mayor.”
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