On September 9, 2018, Daurene Lewis, OC, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Vanier Institute of the Family, was posthumously honoured in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia with a town hall dedication and the unveiling of a bronze bust. Lewis, who died in 2013, was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of thousands of Canadians and earned her legacy as a leader in Nova Scotia and the African Nova Scotian community.
She made history in 1984 as the first black woman elected mayor in Canada and the first black woman to run in a provincial election, though her accomplishments went far beyond the ballot box. As an educator, she served as principal of the Institute of Technology Campus and Akerley Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College and she was the former executive director of the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University. She also engaged with her community as Chair of the Africville Heritage Trust when it was establishing the rebuilt Seaview United Baptist Church. She served on the Vanier Institute Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011.
Her contributions to health, education and local government were widely recognized across Canada and internationally. She was a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the United Nations Global Citizenship Award, the Progress Club of Halifax Woman of Excellence Award for Public Affairs and Communication, and she has been added to the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre Wall of Honour.
Published on September 12, 2018