CEMA celebrates 30th anniversary with gala

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - On Friday, June 27 -- Multiculturalism Day --
The Canadian Ethnic Media Association will celebrate the 30th anniversary of
its founding with a gala awards and entertainment program.
    The event begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre, 333
Bloor St. E., Toronto.
    The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism,
will bring greetings from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton
McGuinty will deliver Ontario's greetings.
    The gala will be taped for broadcasting at a later date over Rogers OMNI
    The CEMA juried awards presentations, to be be made in four categories
plus the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award named for the founder of CEMA, will be
interspersed with live entertainment by professional ethnocultural performers.
The evening will close with a "Meet the Winners" rooftop reception.

    Juried award winners are:


    News or feature

    Marg Jetelina, Editor, The Canadian Immigrant for "Cultural Compromise,"
an affecting article on the work of Vancouver's Godwin Eni, physician,
educator and community leader.


    Naeem "Nick" Noorani, publisher, The Canadian Immigrant for his critical
editorial "Canada's Transition Penalty" on underemployment of immigrant



    Martin Silva, broadcaster, for presentation on the successful result of
liver transplant from Dina Lomoro to Jorge Galego on CHIN radiothon for
Toronto Western hospital.


    Ernest Tannis, ADR program, CHIN Radio, Ottawa for a sensitive program
featuring an imam, a minister and a rabbi and their views on the patriarch


    News or feature

    Grace Fusillo, producer, writer and director of Fuel Productions' moving
documentary, "The Great Communicator -- Johnny Lombardi," funded and broadcast


    Angie Seth, anchor/reporter, OMNI-TV South Asian News for the lively
"Democracy 101" on how students are encouraged to express political opinions
prior to adulthood.


    News or feature

    Andrew Miller, editor, Blunt Magazine, for "Death" a revealing
description of life as a hospital service assistant with pride in his work.


    Suresh Jaura, publisher, South Asian Outlook for his incisive editorial
"Two Kinds of Canadians" on systemic prejudices against non-whites.

    The Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award will be presented to Dat Ngyuen publisher
and editor of Vietnamese weekly Thoi Bao for "journalistic excellence in
publishing his weekly newspaper and his integral initiative in rescuing
Ontario print media from punitive taxation."

For further information:

For further information: Ben Viccari, (416) 944-8175; Madeline Ziniak,
(416) 260-3625

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