Lee-Surginor becomes Deputy Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and first civic dignitary from a Chinese ethnic background

Following a Newry, Mourne & Down District Council meeting held on Monday (3 June), Alliance Rowallane Councillor David Lee-Surginor became the Deputy Chairperson of the Council area, and the first civic dignitary in Northern Ireland from a Chinese ethnic background.

David Lee-Surginor

Speaking after being formally installed as Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Lee-Surginor said: “As the first Deputy Chairperson of a Northern Ireland Council from a Chinese ethnic background, I am deeply honoured and humbled to be given this opportunity.

"Representation matters, and I was lucky enough to have many positive influences in my life that led me to where I am. Northern Ireland is slowly becoming more diverse and I want to be a positive representative of the Chinese community in all my endeavours. 

“Additionally, being a proud member of the LGBTQ+  community and receiving unwavering support from my husband have further enriched my journey. Ultimately, I treat everyone with the same respect and kindness that I hope to receive. We’re neighbours in this journey of life, and I firmly believe in looking out for one another and extending a helping hand whenever it’s needed.

“I look forward to my year as Deputy Chairperson and in my new role, I want to prioritise the growth and support of our tourism sector in the Newry, Mourne and Down District area, showcasing the unmatched neutral beauty to our visitors from within the island of Ireland and beyond. 

“I would also like to stress my commitment to helping the local businesses affected by the floods and the voluntary sector that are currently facing funding cuts.

“My hope this year is to assist my local area actively on the ground, promote equality and inclusion, and make everyone in our district proud by serving with dedication, integrity, and a genuine desire to uplift our shared community.”