The newest York Regional Police Services Board member is an active community volunteer. Chunilall Doobay was appointed by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell for a two-year term that began on March 7. He attended his first board meeting on March 20.
Doobay, originally from Guyana, relocated to Canada in 1975. He has a computer science degree from the University of Waterloo and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wales in the U.K. He worked as a faculty lecturer and computer hardware planner for Canadian General Electric and as a control technician for Ontario Power Generation.
Now retired, Doobay volunteers with several organizations, including Voice of the Vedas Academy of Learning and Montessori School in Richmond Hill. He’s a Sunday school teacher at the Bal-Vihaar and voice director of the Vedas Cultural Sabha Inc. He also volunteers with the Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization and sits on the York Region Interfaith Advisory Committee.
Police Services Boards are civilian boards mandated to oversee local police services, directing the police chief through policy. Their responsibility includes approving operating and capital police budgets as well as developing a business plan at least once every three years for the police service.
The York board is a comprised of seven members, including the head of municipal council, three appointed by resolution of regional council and three appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.