Progressive Conservative MLA, Calgary-McCall
Shiraz Shariff was born in Moshi, Tanzania on March 1, 1954 and emigrated to Canada in 1976. Shiraz graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work Degree.
Shiraz was first elected as the member for Calgary McCall in a by-election on April 20, 1995 and was re-elected on March 11, 1997. He currently serves as Chairman of the Social Care Facilities Review Committee, Chairman of the International Cooperation and Governance Advisory Committee, Deputy Chairman of Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, as well as a member of the Standing Policy Committee on Community Services and a member of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund Standing Committee.
Prior to assuming his office as an MLA, Shiraz worked as a Child Welfare Worker for Alberta Family and Social Services as well as taught at Mount Royal College in the department of Social Services.
A believer in community services, Shiraz has served in various voluntary capacities with Federation of Calgary Communities, Alberta Multicultural Advisory Council, UNICEF, Calgary Multicultural Centre, Partners in Citizenship, University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and Alberta Vocational College.
As an MLA, Shiraz has served on the Standing Policy Committee on Community Services and the Standing Policy Committee on Health Restructuring. He has also served as a member on the Legislative Review Committee and Mental Health Task Force Review Committee.
Shiraz is married to Mina and they have two children.