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Scholarship honours NS trailblazer Daurene Lewis

Feb. 26, 2021 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – A student award is celebrating the rich legacy left by the late Dr. Daurene Lewis — a Nova Scotian community advocate, businesswoman, politician, educator and past Principal of NSCC’s Institute of Technology (IT) and Akerley Campuses.

The Dr. Daurene Lewis Memorial Award is valued at $1,000 and supports African Canadian students in programs within the School of Health and Human Services — including nursing, continuing care, social services and cosmetology.

Those interested in applying can learn more at

“Daurene was a remarkable leader with a passion for education and an unwavering devotion to community,” says Don Bureaux, NSCC President. “Through this award, we honour the positive impact she had on NSCC — particularly the evolution of the College and the growth of our two largest campuses — while paying tribute to the trails she blazed across Canada as an African Nova Scotia, a woman and a humanitarian.”

The award has was established by the friends and family of Dr. Lewis through the NSCC Foundation.

“I believe it’s important to remember the contributions made by Daurene for all Canadians,” says Michael Tynes, a family member of the late Dr. Lewis. “She worked to advance improvements for women, visible minorities and many other disadvantaged people. As the first black female mayor elected in Canada, she used her profile to promote her birthplace — Annapolis Royal — and all of Nova Scotia. She was also an activist in health care, politics and education.”

To contribute to the Dr. Daurene Lewis Memorial Award, please visit

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 130 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 91% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 90% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

For more information

Niki Toomey, NSCC Communications Advisor