CEMA Awards Gala

(Canscene) The 31st annual Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) Awards were presented at a gala Friday, June 26 in Toronto

This year eight CEMA Awards were presented att the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre.333 Bloor St. E. In addition, the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, named for CEMA’s founder, went to the person who through journalism has spoken for Canadian multiculturalism.

Winners ranged from Stephen Hui for an aricle in Georgia Straight on the plight of the In-Shuck-chs on a reserve near Vancouver to a documentary by Lalita Krishna on a Toronto photographer’s work with at-risk youth of the Peruvian rain forest.

The awards presentation which included live performances from ethnocultural entertainers, was followed by a rooftop patio reception for the winners sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation.

CEMA which was found in 1978 as an inclusive organization for print, radio and television media now includes internet categories. CEMA publishes a website at www.canadianethnicmedia.com/

2009 CEMA AWARDS PLAQUES

PRINT
Stephen Hui
Technology editor, “The Georgia Straight”, for the feature article “The In-Shuck-ch’s Road to Reconciliation” on this First Nation’s quest for sovereignty.

Lucille de Saint-Andre
Journalist/author, for an informative perspective on Quebec regions, in her series for “Echo Germanica”.

RADIO
Paolo Canciani
Producer/host of “Mandi, Mandi”, on CHIN Radio, for innovative programming of local and Friulian news and events.

Qais Ghanem
Creator and co-host of “Dialogue for Diversity”, CHIN Radio, Ottawa for “Three Women” a multi-faith discussion on religious commonality.

TELEVISION
Marcus Kolga
Producer/director for “Sinking The Gustloff: A Tragedy Exiled From Memory”, a documentary on the worst maritime disaster in history.

Lalita Krishna
Producer/director for the compassionate documentary “Shift Focus”, the metaphorical journey of Toronto-based photographer Rodrigo Moreno.

INTERNET
Rajeshni Naidu
Writer, CP24 website, for an online article depicting how a true story inspired a film on how innocent people often bear the consequences of gang activity.

Raaj Kapur Brar
Editor and founder of the web magazine “South Asian Life” for his inspiring series of editorials on the stories of young women in the community.

THE SIERHEY KHMARA ZINIAK AWARD

Irene Chu
Producer/writer, for tireless efforts in broadcasting, writing, and the cross cultural initiative of bringing Canada’s Chinese community to a wide multicultural audience through an internet magazine.
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