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.”