Annual CEMA Awards to be presented June 26, 2009

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - 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

    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

    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:

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

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