She was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Has won several awards for her acting work in Canada; including a Jessie Richardson Award (theatre), & a Leo Award (Television). Both her father, and her sister-in-law have been awarded the Order of Canada, and her brother in-law a Nobel Peace Prize. She has a great ear for accents, having had to do a Scottish/Punjabi accent for Nina's Heavenly Delights. Veena is cousin of Ashwin Sood, Sarah McLachlan's drummer and ex-husband, and sister of Manoj Sood, who played Baber on Little Mosque on the Prairie. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking the back country of the Canadian Rockies and kayaking the remote B.C. coastline. She has also canoed down the Amazon River and safaried the Masai Mara in Kenya, the country of her birth.