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Born in Scotland, Colliar was raised in British Columbia, eventually holding a biology degree from Simon Fraiser University. She began a career change by becoming a member of the journalism program at the British Columbia Institue of Technology, and then began in 1991 as a news writer covering the crime beat. For Colliar's production of "A Shred of Evidence," she received an Excellence in News Reporting award by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.