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Teenaz Javat Wins Award for Outstanding College Graduates

December 05, 2011

Just five years ago, Teenaz Javat was a stay-at-home mom looking to build a life in a new country. Today, she is the proud recipient of the 2011 Ontario Premier’s Award in the Recent Graduate category. A 2008 graduate of Sheridan College’s Canadian Journalism for Internationally Trained Writers program (CJITW), Teenaz accepted the award at the gala ceremony in Toronto on November 28th.

Teenaz is an award-winning journalist whose work with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning has shone a light on some of the pressing issues facing the diverse communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Her research and leadership have garnered recognition from news organizations and community groups, including the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity from the Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada. In 2008, she was featured in an exhibit celebrating Toronto’s 1,000 creative women at the Luminato Festival. Her stories have appeared in many print and online publications in Canada, India and Pakistan.

Teenaz currently works as a senior writer and researcher on the CBC News Desk, and backfills as a producer and researcher for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. She came to Canada in 1997 with several years of experience as a professional journalist, but with a young daughter at home, she was not ready to make the career transition right away. When she discovered a program that was designed for foreign trained professionals, her career took off.  "The (CJITW) program and the networking possibilities that it represented made me explode with hope,” said Teenaz. “I don’t think I would have achieved even half as much as I have without Sheridan.”

Joyce Wayne, then Coordinator of the CJITW program, noted Teenaz’ persistence in learning the industry in a new country. “She was the most determined person I’ve ever met to re-establish her career in Canada,” says Joyce, who hired Teenaz as a part-time faculty shortly after graduation.

Presented annually to six recipients, the Premier’s Awards for Ontario College Graduates celebrate the outstanding contributions college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. Nominations are submitted from each of Ontario’s 24 colleges in six categories: Business, Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate.

Teenaz Javat