A writer, journalist, publisher and filmmaker, Sharlene Azam has focused her attention on youth and social issues in Canada for most of her professional career. One of her early projects, she founded Reluctant Hero, the first magazine in Canada written by girls for girls. She is also the publisher of Squeeze, an alternative career magazine for teens. Also a writer, in 2001 Harper Collins published her first book, Rebel, Rogue, Mischievous Babe. She was a columnist and the editor of the Toronto’s Star’s Boom! Section for two years, during which time she reported from Hong Kong, China and India.
Sharlene recently directed Escaping Destiny, her first documentary with the National Film Board, which is about the education of youth in detention. In addition to her work, Sharlene has served on the boards of directors of the YWCA and the Canadian Institute of Child Health and in 1995 she represented Save The Children-Canada at the Beijing Conference on Women. In recognition of her work, in 1997 Maclean’s Magazine included her in their cover story, “One hundred Canadians to watch” and in 2001, The Body Shop named her “One of Twenty Women We Admire.”
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