Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Leela Sharon Aheer was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected as the Member for Cherstermere-Strathmore on April 16, 2019. On April 30, 2019 Mrs. Aheer was sworn in as the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
Mrs. Aheer previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices, the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.
Mrs. Aheer has been a proud small-business owner since 1998, successfully operating a number of small businesses that each employed several people.
Mrs. Aheer studied political science at the University of Calgary for several years before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Manitoba. She is a professional musician and is classically trained in all styles. She plays the flute and teaches voice, piano and guitar. Mrs. Aheer has won various awards at the Calgary Kiwanis music festival and has nine songs published to her credit. She is fluent in French and also sings and instructs voice in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Punjabi, Hindi and Telugu. She and her students have won awards and scholarships for voice and musical theatre.
Mrs. Aheer is an active volunteer, especially in areas of music and the arts. She is known to lend her time and energy to more than 50 events per year and has received numerous accolades for her efforts, including the volunteer of the year award from the town of Chestermere in 2013. Mrs. Aheer is a dedicated advocate for individuals with special needs and regularly spends her time volunteering at hospitals and other care facilities.
Mrs. Aheer along with her family – husband, Malkeet, and two children, Akesh and Sehran – reside in Chestermere.
She was the 883rd Member to be sworn in to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
March 10, 2020