By blood Indian, by bond Pakistani and by choice Canadian, would best describe Teenaz Javat, a Senior Writer at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto.
Long before she became a journalist, Teenaz was a storyteller. Her stories now form part of The Shoe Project, a women-only artists collective that documents immigration and refugee stories through the lens of shoes.
A multiple award-winning journalist, Teenaz was part of a team at CBC that won the Adrainne Clarkson National Award for radio town hall on Domestic violence against women in Greater Toronto Area.
Teenaz does not shy away from taking a hard look at topics like the Arab Spring and its impact on Canada, or the not-so-uncommon practice of female feticide among some communities in Canada.
Teenaz, who came to Canada with an infant daughter, has been a stay-at-home mother, a full-time student, a full-time journalist and an adjunct professor at Sheridan College, all along volunteering in the local school system. For 15 years she was editor of Zoroastrian Society of Ontario newsletter and occasionally contributes stories to FEZANA journal and WZO’s Hamazor.
Teenaz lives in the Toronto area with her husband Mahveer and adult children Sherezade and Hormuz.
She loves having breakfast with her friends when she is not in the national newsroom on the early morning shift. (216 words)
In matters of taste, swim with the current. In matters of principles, stand like a rock.