U of A Law Graduate & Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. The law firm he founded centered on Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Sheldon Chumir founded Calgary’s Civil Liberties Association.
He was elected as a Liberal MLA and was a member of four Liberal MLAs elected that year who brought the party back to the Alberta legislature for the first time since 1969.
He also started a small oil and gas company and co-founded Brimstone Productions – an entertainment and promotions business.
Born 1940 in Calgary, Alberta - Died 1996
1963 – Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
1963 – Was awarded the Gold Medal on graduation
1965 – Continued his education as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Bachelors of Letters degree from Oxford University
- Began his professional career as a tax lawyer with the federal Department of Justice in Toronto.
- 1971 – he joined a Calgary law firm
- 1976 – launched his own private practice focusing on civil liberties cases
- Lectured on civil liberties at the University of Calgary Law Faculty
- Founded the Calgary Civil Liberties Association
- Started a small oil and gas company
- Co-founded the entertainment promotion firm Brimstone Productions
- 1983 entered politics by creating ‘Save Public Education’ which ran a successful slate of candidates in a Calgary Board of Education election
- 1986 – Sheldon Chumir was elected as a Liberal MLA in the Alberta General Election
- He was member of four Liberal MLAs elected that election who brought the party back to the Alberta Legislature for the first time since 1969.
- 1989 – Re-elected to the Alberta Legislature for a second term
- Sheldon Chumir died in 1992
- The Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership was created from a bequest he had left. The focus of the Foundation is on:
- Diversity Issues
- Human Rights and
- Civil Liberties and Governance, Rule of Law and Democratic Institutions
- Jamie Komarnicki of the Calgary Herald described Sheldon Chumir in his obituary of him as ‘a soft spoken man with a quirky sense of humour who was a determined champion of public education and individual freedoms.’
2008 - The Sheldon Chumir Centre opened in Calgary and is designed to meet the health needs of those who work, visit and live in Calgary’s inner city community. It is an eight storey medical facility and includes an Urgent Care Centre, a Diagnostic Imaging Dept and the Southern Alberta HIV Clinic.