First black female mayor in North America
Born: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
In 1984, Daurene E. Lewis was elected mayor of Annapolis Royal, making her the first female black mayor in all of North America. The registered nurse owned a business for many years, was involved in health care reform, and is an extremely active community leader and volunteer. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently Principal of the Halifax campuses of Nova Scotia Community College.
Dr. Lewis's many awards include the Global Citizen Award from the United Nations 50th Anniversary Canada Committee, Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a listing as one of the 100 black Canadians of influence. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada, effective October 2002.
Dr. Lewis is a descendant of Rose Fortune.
Added 31 August 2003.