Tahsis Mayor Jude Schooner passed away on Friday evening after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The village’s council says Jude Schooner died unexpectedly at her home.

Flags at the fire hall and cenotaph were lowered to half-mast on the weekend. 

Members will pay tribute to the mayor at an upcoming council meeting.

Schooner served two terms as mayor. She was first elected to council in 2008 before being elected as mayor in 2011.

In a statement Chief Administrative Officer Mark Tatchell says, “She promoted healthy respectful dialogue on forest practices, corporate responsibility, transportation, community planning and rural health care, amongst many other issues.”

Tatchell says Schooner leaves a legacy of building enduring relationships with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, forest companies and the provincial government.