Zarqa Nawaz, born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto, had the Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realised that medical schools had screening committees to keep people like her out of the health care system. Unfazed, she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio, and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld, CTV’s Canada AM, and CBC’s The National. She was an associate producer with a number of CBC radio programs including Morningside. In 1992, her radio documentary, The Changing Rituals of Death won 1st prize in the Radio Long Documentary category, and the Chairman’s Award in Radio Production, at the Ontario Telefest Awards. Nawaz currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has finished a feature-length screenplay, which has received support from the Canada Council.