Canadian Ethnic Media Awards

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The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) annually recognizes and celebrates excellence in ethnic media. This Saturday’s event marks CEMA’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala, and the first to be held at Harbourfront’s Enwave Theatre.

“We were pleased to receive awards nominations from across the country,” says Madeline Ziniak, Chair of CEMA and National Vice President of OMNI Television. “The calibre of this year’s submissions tangibly demonstrates the growth of Canadian ethnocultural media and reaffirms its relevance in today’s evolving social context; language media can access stories and reach audiences that mainstream can’t.”

CEMA Award Winners for 2011 are:
• Television – Ela Kinowska, independent producer, for her documentary “And Who Are You?”;
• Print – Thien Huynh, reporter, Thoi Bao Newspaper, for his series “There’s No Place Like Home”;
• Internet – Sue Chun, producer, www.Jane-Finch.com for her overall body of work;
• CEMA Innovation Award – Mohsin Abbas, Editor, Diversity Reporter;
• Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award – Roman Brytan, Program Director, World FM.

CEMA’s new Innovation Award was created to honour one organization that stands out above the rest, because of the quality of their submission. The inaugural CEMA Innovation Award goes to Vancouver-based Diversity Reporter for a variety of pieces, all of which were compelling, effectively challenged stereotypes, and offered a glimpse into questions of belonging for immigrants and ethnic minorities in Canada.

Also making its debut at CEMA’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala will be the Rainbow Caterpillar Award for the best story written for children in a non-official language (other than or English or French). This award will be co-presented by Rainbow Caterpillar founders Hanoosh Abassi and Happie Testa.

For further information: Media Contact: Madeline Ziniak – (416) 764-3081

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