Thoiba Ahmed has announced her intention to stand for the Local Elections in the Letterkenny area campaigning under the slogan ‘Let My Difference Make A Difference’
Originally from Sudan, Thoiba has made Letterkenny her adopted home, with her husband and two children.
Through her voluntary membership of the Donegal Intercultural Platform, and other community organisations, she has an in-depth understanding of the difficulties of fitting into a new community and the challenges for the local community of welcoming new cultures and perspectives.
She believes that communities are enriched by having a range of different people with diverse perspectives and experiences. “Different experiences bring different ways of looking at things, and different ways of addressing problems.
Underneath the differences the challenges that we face are similar, and people all over the world over are essentially the same. When it comes down to it, a pothole is a pothole no matter where it is.
In standing for election she wants to work with the local community to build on its strengths and to break down some barriers of misunderstanding. Letterkenny has become a cultural melting-pot over recent years and she brings her professional training and experiences as a social worker, and professional journalist, to help make a more inclusive and cohesive community.
Thoiba is passionate about people from all backgrounds working together to build a strong, safe and respectful community. She believes that diversity is a strength, and should be embraced.
Acknowledging that not being originally from Letterkenny is a challenge to her, she says her personal experience of being welcomed into the Letterkenny community encouraged her to step forward.
Yes, I am different from the average local candidate but we are living in different times. I believe that I can bring a lot to Donegal County Council representing all the people of Letterkenny and help make it a better place for everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from.
The way I see it is that my difference can make a difference. It is a challenge, but I am up for it.