Indo-Cadian Sikh elected head of police services board
TORONTO, Jan 30: An Indian-American Sikh has been elected the new head of the Cadian Police of Peel region in Ontario, media reported.
Amrik Singh Ahluwalia was unimously voted as the chair of Peel Police Services Board, reports said on Friday. He also received the backing of both Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“My first thoughts are, what a wonderful country we live in,” he was quoted as saying in Toronto Star.
After briefly describing how he arrived in Cada 40 years ago, “with $7 in my pocket,” he said, at the time, he could not have fathomed one day being bestowed with the “honour” and responsibility of what was just bestowed upon him.
“I am honoured. This is a great responsibility, I take with humility and with a sense of purpose that I want to do my very best,” Ahluwalia was quoted as saying.
“I will do my best to serve the public and serve the police force... the men and women in the force who day in and day out do such an exemplary job,” he added.
After vdeep Singh Bains and Harjit Singh Sajjan who became the first Sikh Cabinet ministers in Cada, Ahluwalia is the third Indo-Cadian to rise in the country’s government affairs.
He was first appointed by the provincial government to the board in February 2011 and reappointed for a second term in April 2014.
Popular for his volunteer work and organisatiol skills in the Punjabi-Cadian community, Ahluwalia has organised several youth camps and has served as president of the Sikh Society Calgary. (IANS)