We were happy to talk today with Bianca DiBiase, a student at Ryerson University, who helped us early in the documentary by interviewing Surayia while she was visiting in Toronto.
“This year, I was honored to receive two journalism awards for my feature article ‘The Accidental Saint,’ which profiles the life and artwork of Surayia Rahman.
The first award was the Betty Michalyshyn Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement in cultural journalism. The second was the Multicom Media Award, which recognizes a student who has produced and published a substantial news story or feature of merit in the community or diversity field. ‘The Accidental Saint’ was published online in HAND/EYE magazine last year.
It was truly an amazing experience to meet Surayia and learn her story. I’m so happy I had the opportunity to capture her life in written form and share her story with others.”
Congratulations to Bianca and all best wishes to her as she starts her career.