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Annual CEMA Awards to be presented June 26, 2009

by NationTalk on June 26, 20092616 Views

TORONTO, June 24 – The 31st annual Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) Awards will be presented Friday, June 26 in Toronto.

Winners range from Stephen Hui for an article in Georgia straight on the plight of the In-Shuck-chs on a reserve near Vancouver to a searching documentary by Lalita Krishna on a Toronto photographer’s work with at-risk youth of the Peruvian rain forest.This year eight CEMA Awards will be presented at a gala held in the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre, 333 Bloor St. E. at 7:15 p.m. In addition, the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, named for CEMA’s founder, will be presented to the person who through journalism has spoken for Canadian multiculturalism.

The awards presentation, which includes live performances from ethnocultural entertainers, will be followed by a rooftop patio reception for the winners.

CEMA which was founded in 1978 as an inclusive organization for print, radio and television media now includes internet. CEMA publishes a website at

Stephen Hui
News 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”.

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.

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.

Rajeshni Naidu
Freelance 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.

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.

For further information: Doreen Vanini, (416) 962-7852 or Ben Viccari, (416) 944-8175

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