James Atebe is the Mayor of Mission in British Columbia, Canada. According to the Canadian Immigrant, he was re-elected to his second term as the mayor of the District of Mission in B.C in the fall of 2008 with about 80 per cent of the votes, and is considered by many to be one of the most popular mayors Mission has ever had.
“You can often bump into him at the local Starbucks or at the local sports park where he coaches soccer, and he always has a ready smile and somehow seems to remember your name. Although he’s only one of very few black residents in the small town, Atebe, who originates from the Gusii tribe in the town of Kisii, Kenya, is embraced wholeheartedly by the town’s population.
Truly touched by the many votes he received for the Top 25 award, he says he can’t put words to this humbling experience. Before becoming mayor, he served two terms as a city councillor after a diverse career in city planning and economic development.” – Canadian Immigrant, 2009
Mr. Atebe won the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award in 2009. According to the Patriotic Vanguard, he arrived in Canada at the age of 19 with 10 dollars in his pocket. He has been the Mayor of Mission since 2005 and won re-election in a landslide in 2008.