Former CHBC television news reporter Colin Basran has declared his intention to seek a seat on Kelowna city council in the November municipal election.
“I want to help shape the future of the city I have grown up in,” said Basran, 33.
“And I think the election this November will be an important one for the community.”
Basran says he has always had a passion for politics, and his experience as both a news reporter and realtor give him extensive knowledge of the past and present in Kelowna.
He also wants to help ensure that the city is a thriving and vibrant community that his kids will enjoy growing up in as he did.
Long before he made the decision to run, Basran says he always believed that public service is the best way to give back to the city that has given him so much.
Basran organizes his own annual charity golf tournament to raise money for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
He’s worked to raise money for the ALS Foundation of British Columbia.
He is a member of the Kelowna Young Professionals Task Force, formed by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission to help attract and retain young professionals in the area.
He is also active with GenNext, a youth branch of the local United Way that helps out with various charity events whenever possible.
The Basran family is one of the first families of East Indian descent to settle in the Okanagan, having arrived in the Kelowna area around 1917.
Colin graduated from KLO Secondary School after attending elementary and middle schools in Rutland.
He is now married and father of an eight-month-old daughter.