May 19, 2024

SDLP Councillor Lilian Seenoi-Barr has been chosen to function the subsequent Mayor of Derry Metropolis and Strabane District Council.

A local of Kenya, Councillor Barr got here to Derry as a refugee and have become a group activist who provides a voice to marginalised communities. She has been a councillor since her co-option in 2021 and retained her seat within the 2023 elections.

Talking forward of her appointment as Mayor in June, she stated she is proud to be a Maasai lady and a Derry woman: “I can’t categorical how a lot the honour of serving as Mayor of Derry and Strabane means to me. The folks of this metropolis have taken me into their hearts and all over the place I’m going I by no means fail to be amazed on the heat, kindness and generosity of the individuals who reside right here. Having initially come to Derry as a refugee dealing with an unsure future, I can now actually say that my household have discovered their dwelling.

“The importance of my appointment as Mayor isn’t misplaced on me, and I’ll work for each single individual on this metropolis no matter their faith, ethnicity or background. These are the values I’ve carried with me since getting concerned in politics and are mirrored within the ethos of my get together.

“I’m wanting ahead to working with my get together, my SDLP council colleagues and everybody on the council in my upcoming 12 months as Mayor. I’m extremely excited to get began and to get out assembly folks and visiting the various improbable organisations all through our metropolis. I’ll use this 12 months to have fun our successes and shine a highlight on the problems impacting far too many households right here. I hope that I may even be capable of encourage others and present what’s doable in a fantastic metropolis like ours.”

 

 

Councillor Lilian Barr to make historical past as first black Mayor within the North was final modified: April twenty ninth, 2024 by Rachel McLaughlin