Mayann Elizabeth Francis
31st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Honorable Mayann Elizabeth Francis, is the first African Nova Scotian and only the second woman to have been appointed the position of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in its 400-year history.
Lt. Governor Mayann was Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and raised in Whitney Pier, she is the daughter of Archpriest George A. Francis and Thelma D. Francis, and is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and completed graduate studies at New York University.
On June 20, 2006, she was appointed by Governor General Michaëlle Jean, on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; she assumed office on September 7, 2006. Mayann Elizabeth Francis was the first African Nova Scotian and the second woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in his political seat history.
She has held the position as the director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission from 1999-2006. She also served as Nova Scotia’s provincial ombudsman from December 2000 until December 2003, the first woman and African decent to be appointed to that post. Previously, she has been a pioneer in senior positions with the Government of Ontario, Dalhousie University and the District Attorney’s office in Kings County, New York.
She held positions as a member of United Way/Centraide, the Mascoll Foundation, the board of governors at University College of Cape Breton, the general council of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and she sat on Nova Scotia’s Voluntary Planning Board. Francis has been recognized for her outstanding achievements with a Harry Jerome Award, an award from the Multicultural Education Council of Nova Scotia and a Golden Jubilee Medal. She is a member of the African Orthodox Church, a church formed in the late 19th century mainly for the African American community in the United States.
In May 2008, Lieutenant Governor Francis was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.
On February 16, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Brigadier General (Retired) John James Grant, CMM, CD as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. Francis was succeeded during the year of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee but on the actual day of April 12, 2012 during the same year in the United States Whitney Elizabeth Houston passed away on February 11, 2012.
I felt that choosing the Honorable Lt. Governor Maryanne Elizabeth Francis who held her position serving the providence of Nova Scotia with all integrity, compassion. Showed her true leadership, and humatarian efforts. It does not matter what geographical area you reside, or who you are, you can achieve any possibilities in life if you go with openness and with the best integrity in life. Lt Governor Maryanne Francis was a lady; she was great listener, optimistic, resilient, humble, and great governor for her providence.