01/26/2013 04:18 EST | Updated 03/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Daurene Lewis, first black female mayor and political pioneer in N.S., dies

HALIFAX - The first black woman to be elected as a mayor in Canada has died.

Daurene Lewis, a seventh generation descendent of black loyalists, became the mayor of Annapolis Royal, N.S., in 1984.

A news release from the Nova Scotia government praises her career, noting she was also the first black woman to run in a Nova Scotia provincial election.

Lewis was a member of the Order of Canada, and most recently, she was principal at the Nova Scotia Community College IT and Akerley campuses.

Lewis trained as a registered nurse, and had 30 years of experience in the health-care sector.

She also was a former director of the centre for women in business at Mount Saint Vincent University