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At the helm of Peel Police Services Board

Amrik Singh Ahluwalia sees his role as the chair of the Peel Police Services Board as a responsibility to serve the people of the Region of Peel to the best of his capacity.

Peel Regional Police is Canada’s third largest police force and the board is responsible for the police budget, provision of police services and for establishing priorities in consultation with the chief of police.

“We are here to make the 1.3 million people of Peel feel safe,” he says. “That means catching the bad guys, preventing crime before it happens and providing other services such as road safety, etc.”

Ahluwalia is well-equipped for the position. A business leader with an extensive background in manufacturing and petrochemicals, he has worked in Fortune 500 companies. 

He came to Canada in 1969 after completing his engineering from Punjab University in Chandigarh and accepting a scholarship from Carleton University in Ottawa. Within six months of being here, he had made up his mind about Canada being the country of his future. 

“I feel strongly about public service,” he says. “I have been successful in Canada, my children have been successful in Canada – they are doing better than I did at their age! It is my obligation, duty, and an honour to give back to the community.”

He tells newcomers that adversity exists in all parts of the world, in all walks of life. 

“Everyone faces adversity – don’t immerse yourself in it, don’t let it define you. Do the best you can. If you are a student, get top marks. If you are a mechanic, be the best mechanic in the field. If you are a manager, lead your team to success. Obstacles melt in the face of hard work and tenacity. The philosophy worked for me, I believe it will work for everyone. When you are the best in the field, who can stop you?”

Posted: Jul 1, 2017

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