Guyana Diaspora

'89 percent of Guyana 's graduate population live and work in the 30 relatively rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -"Fruit that falls far from the tree",
The Economist, 03 November 2005'

It is estimated that there are as many Guyanese living overseas as they are in Guyana
They are spread out far and wide to almost every country on the planet
This blog was created to chronicle the news and and stories of the Diaspora

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Voice of the Vedas

Born in Guyana, Dr. Doobay was educated in the West Indies, England and Canada. He holds fellowships at both, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Scotland and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at McMaster University and was the former head of the Vascular Surgery Department at Hamilton Civic Hospital.

Dr. Doobay was elected the President of the Toronto based Voice of the Vedas Cultural Sabha Inc. in 1980. He is also the Religious Advisor since the organization was founded in 1977.

He comes from a deeply religious family. As a devout Hindu, Dr. Doobay became determined at an early age to spread the word of Hinduism. In addition, he felt a compelling duty to provide medical and other assistance to the underprivileged. To achieve these goals he brought together a group of dedicated volunteers and under the umbrella of The "Voice of the Vedas", he has been able to bring the name of Hinduism to the forefront. He is a dynamic leader, and is able to motivate people to offer their best.

Born in Guyana, Dr. Doobay was educated in the West Indies, England and Canada. He holds fellowships at both, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Scotland and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at McMaster University and was the former head of the Vascular Surgery Department at Hamilton Civic Hospital.

A pioneer in the treatment of immigrants who have experienced cultural dislocation and depression, Dr. Doobay has arranged culturally appropriate counseling services and often provides counseling himself.

Currently, Dr. Doobay hosts "Voice of Hinduism" a Hindu religious program, which is aired on Crossroad Television Services. This program is used to teach and promote Hinduism and is the only one of their kind in North America. Despite the mainstream audience, Dr Doobay's approach has always been to provide an unbiased commentary on religious and cultural matters. He also conducts the Annual Outdoor Bhagvat Yagna, a seven-day commentary on the Bhagvat Purana, held on the Mandir grounds.

Among the several charitable projects that he has initiated both locally and overseas, the notable ones are:


  • Medical clinic in Guyana for the needy;
  • Establishment of the Kanya Ashram (orphanage for girls) in Orissa;
  • Raising funds for artificial limbs for amputees in India.
  • Providing funds for scholarships for students who are at University or College.
  • Fund raised for the Gujarat earthquake victims for homes, supply of water and food.

In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Doobay's vision is to build a Long Term Care Facility for South Asians. As a medical professional, he feels that a facility that caters to the needs of South Asians would facilitate an atmosphere that would assist recovery. Another project, which he chairs, is the extension of the Vishnu Mandir to house a Museum of Hinduism.

Because of his dynamic leadership, accomplishments and contributions to Canadian Society and the well being of Canadians, Dr. Doobay is the first South Asian recipient of the "Order of Ontario", one of the highest civilian awards that can be bestowed by the Province of Ontario, Canada. He has also been honored by several organizations locally and abroad.

Even though he has an extremely busy lifestyle, Dr. Doobay enjoys reading and never leaves home before solving the daily crossword. He keeps fit by playing golf regularly.

From VishnuMandir

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