“I'm proud to be a KGH kid, born in Kelowna, along with my two kids. So I'm happy to lend my support to the KGH Foundation's upcoming campaign to raise funds for the hospital's new perinatal unit!”

Born and raised in Kelowna, Mayor Basran, who insists on being called simply ‘Colin’, graduated from KLO Secondary School after attending elementary and middle school in the Rutland area. His family settled in the Okanagan in 1907, one of the first East Indian families to arrive in the area.

In 2000, Colin graduated from Okanagan College and met his wife Leanne, now the mother of two more KGH kids, five-year-old Nyah and three-year-old Keenan.

Having formerly worked as a television journalist for CHBC-TV, Colin went into business as a realtor and was elected for his first term on Kelowna City Council in 2011. In 2014, he campaigned for mayor under the platform ‘Roots Matter. A century of local history.’ and went on to become both the youngest and first non-Caucasian person ever elected mayor in Kelowna.