Biography

Leela Aheer’s political career goal has always been to make Alberta a better place for all who call it home, be it born-and-raised Albertans or families new to the province and the country. Leela utilizes this internal motivation to inspire positive change – and provide Albertans with a better future – as she runs for leadership of the United Conservative Party. 

When asked about her tireless work ethic, Leela explained: “It’s an internal motivation to always try to do better and inspire those around me.” 

One of three children born to Rao and Dawn, Leela’s direct exposure to different faiths and cultures has helped her appreciate diversity from a young age. In 1979 her family moved to Chestermere, where Leela spent her grade school years and graduated from Chestermere High School. Her early work experience with farm jobs, babysitting, volunteering at the local hall, and cutting people’s lawns, Leela has seen it all. 

Having had an innate gift for music and languages from a young age, Leela would go on to study music and languages. After marrying the love of her life, Malkeet Aheer, Leela obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba. 

While finishing her degree, Leela and Malkeet welcomed their first child Akesh and decided it was time to move back home, to Chestermere Alberta.They packed up and have never looked back. It was here that Leela and Malkeet bought their home and welcomed a second child Sehran. Together they ran five successful businesses and built a life for their family in the vibrant Alberta town.

Nothing makes Leela happier than meeting and serving the people. Her tireless work ethic and eternal optimism help her to face each day intending to leave the world better than before. 

Leela has volunteered for everything from the United Way to the MEOW Foundation, the Alberta Cancer Society to the Chestermere Fireman’s Gala. She constantly seeks to learn and grow, devoting her time and effort to causes, charities, and organizations that help to build a better life for Albertans. It’s safe to say that her appreciation for Alberta’s unique issues comes from firsthand experience. 

As a woman, a mother, a wife, a businesswoman, an ethnic minority, and a lifelong Albertan: Leela gets it. This is where Leela’s interest in public service is rooted.

In 2015, Leela was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Chestermere-Rockyview. At the time, she was one of only two female MLAs in the Wildrose party to be elected to the Alberta Legislature and the first ethnic woman to run and get elected in a rural riding. 

Leela has held more shadow cabinet positions than any other UCP/Wildrose member, having been named Shadow Minister for Education, the Status of Women, and Children’s Services and Energy. In addition, Leela proudly served as Alberta’s Minister to Multiculturalism & Status of Women from 2019-2021. 

Some of the notable accomplishments Leela has experienced during her time in office include: 

  • Chestermere Hall of Fame, an award-winning music studio with five awards, created the Chestermere Recreational Musical Theater Program 2010 – 2015. 
  • Two bills unanimously passed in the legislature, Bill 206 – The adoption Bill and Bill 10, Protecting Women and Girls Amendment Act, 2022.
  • First minister of Multiculturalism in 25 years. 
  • Not to mention the multiple projects that have been billed, supported and funded in her Riding of Chestermere-Strathmore
  • In 2017, Leela became the first UCP Deputy Leaderand was part in naming the Federal Building Plaza.
  • Proclamations include: 
    • First women’s entrepreneurship day: February 2019
    • Hindu Heritage Month: August
    • International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation
    • Expansion of Alberta Culture Day
    • Alberta Day, September 1, 2020
    • Claire’s Law
    • Human Trafficking Legislation.

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