McClellan, Hon. Shirley
Progressive Conservative MLA, Chinook
Shirley McClellan was born in Hanna and attended school in Cereal and Red Deer. Mrs. McClellan currently farms in New Brigden with her husband, Lloyd, and her son, Mick. Her daughter, Tami, is a school teacher.
She was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in a by-election held on November 23, 1987. Mrs. McClellan was re-elected to a second term on March 20, 1989, and appointed Associate Minister of Agriculture. On February 24, 1992, her portfolio was expanded, and she was appointed Minister Responsible for Rural Development. On December 15, 1992, Mrs. McClellan was appointed Minister of Health for the province. Mrs. McClellan was re-elected to a third term on June 15, 1993. On June 30, 1993, she was re-appointed Minister of Health as well as Minister Responsible for the Wild Rose Foundation. On December 15, 1993, she was appointed Minister Responsible for the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. On October 21, 1994, she was appointed Minister Responsible for the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta. On May 31, 1996, Mrs. McClellan was appointed Minister of Community Development. On March 11, 1997, Mrs. McClellan was re-elected to a fourth term and re-appointed Minister of Community Development on March 26, 1997. She was reappointed a member of the Standing Policy Committee on Community Services and also appointed to the newly-formed Standing Policy Committee on Education and Training.
Mrs. McClellan was actively involved in bringing further education to rural areas, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Association of Continuing Education (AACE) and the Canadian Association for Continuing Education (CACE). She was co-ordinator of the Big Country Further Education Council for 12 years, a representative of the Ministers' Advisory Committee on Further Education for five years, and sat on the Ministers' Advisory Committee on College Affairs for two years.