On the heels of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi announcing he won’t be seeking re-election, we collected a few archived pages and photos from his years in office (and before). It starts with the following photo the Herald took of Nenshi in 1989; he was named one of the year’s Class Act students — a Calgary Herald program that recognized one outstanding student from each city high school. Nenshi was the Class Act at Queen Elizabeth High School.
Also in 1989, Nenshi was in the pages of the Herald for taking on the role of Prime Minister in a mock Parliament.
Nenshi made headlines while in university, too. He became student president at the University of Calgary in 1993. This story also reflects the early years of a long-time political bond and friendship; the student VP-external was Chima Nkemdirim, who became Nenshi’s chief of staff for the first seven years Nenshi was mayor.
Nenshi’s first run at city hall was in 2004, when he unsuccesfully ran to replace the retiring Ald. John Schmal in Ward 3. It was a hotly contested race, with 11 candidates vying for the job. Among the endorsements he attracted was one from the Calgary Professional Artists Alliance, who named him one of 10 “arts-friendly” candidates across the city.
He amplified his community involvement in the following years, speaking on many panels and at numerous forums while offering insights into issues including urban planning, the economy and non-profit growth. His work included the Better Calgary Campaign, which advocated for improved municipal government.
Three years later . . .