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CEMA Award Winners feted at Gala

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Canadian Ethnic Media Association’s 2013 Award Winners announced:


TORONTO – (June 13, 2013) – The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) presented its 35th Annual Awards Gala, on Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre, 333 Bloor Street East, Toronto.

Each year, through this gala event, CEMA recognizes and celebrates excellence in media.

The CEMA Award Winners for 2013 are:


  • JIE YANG, Reporter, OMNI Television, for an engaging feature looking at Lu Li’s experience as a Chinese-Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.


  • KARL NERENBERG, Producer, Nerenberg-Plaine Media, for “Never Come Back”, a documentary exploring the persecution of the Roma people in Eastern Europe and their struggles to be accepted as refugees in Canada.


  • MYKA BURKE, Journalist, CHIN Radio, Ottawa, for the radio feature “Three German-Canadian Poets”, a look at multiculturalism in Canada through the perspective of literature.
  • CAMILA REIMERS, Journalist, CHIN Radio, Ottawa, for the engaging Spanish language children’s radio program, “La Onda Infantile” which employs humour, music and stories to explore Latin American cultures.


  • ALEXANDRA SKULTETY, Journalist, Diversity Reporter, for the feature article, “Getting to Know Grandma”, which explores the significance of relationships and memories.


  • MIKE METATAWABIN, President, Wawatay Native Communications Society, for recognizing innovation through a partnership designed to create increased awareness about the Aboriginal perspective in Canada through the advancement of Aboriginal sourced stories.

RACHEL PULFER, communications manager & int’l program coordinator, Journalists for Human Rights, for recognizing innovation through a partnership designed to create increased awareness about the Aboriginal perspective in Canada through the advancement of Aboriginal sourced stories


  • ANTHONY P.VINER, for commitment and dedication to diversity and its affirmative expression through media

The Sierhey Khmara Ziniak, named for CEMA’s founder, is presented annually to an outstanding individual who, through his or her work, has spoken for Canadian multiculturalism.


About CEMA:

The Canadian Ethnic Media Association, formerly known as the Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club, was founded in 1978 as an inclusive organization for print, radio television and the Internet. CEMA publishes a website at:


Media Contacts:

Jules Elder – (416) 825-8562; Email:;

Bill Yancoff – 416-250-6605; Email:

CEMA 2013 Ethnic Media Awards on June 21; download ticket form here


35th Annual Award
Friday, June 21st, 2013
Velma Rogers Graham Theatre, Rogers Building,
333 Bloor Street East, Toronto


Doors open @ 6:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation @ 7:00 p.m.
Post Awards Reception @ 9:15 p.m.
Presentation of 5 media awards plus Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award


Professional entertainers will perform between award presentations


Rooftop Patio Reception


Entire show will be taped for broadcast on OMNI Television

Tickets: $50.00 per person


Samara Executive Director at CEMA’s Speaker Series

Alison Loat, Exec. Director, Samara, with President, Kiumars Rezvanifar of CEMA

Alison Loat, Exec. Director, Samara, with CEMA President Kiumars Rezvanifar (Photo by CEMA Board Member Alexander Gershtein)

Alison Loat, Co-founder, Executive Director of Samara, addressed CEMA members on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Alison is the co-founder and executive director of Samara, an organization that improves political and civic engagement in Canada. Samara conducted Canada’s first-ever series of exit interviews with former Members of Parliament, and initiates other research and education programs that shine light on Canadian democracy and encourage Canadians’ participation in public life.

SPEAKER SERIES: Fort York Foundation Chair Andy Stewart to Address CEMA March 7


Andrew M. Stewart, Board of Directors (Chair) 
Fort York Foundation
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
OMNI Television, 33 Dundas Street East, Toronto
OMNI/City Building, Victoria & Dundas just east of Yonge-Dundas Square
Entrance faces Victoria Street

Andrew Stewart is the chair of the Fort York Foundation, which is raising awareness and funds for capital renewal at Fort York National Historic Site. Andrew holds a PhD in

Andrew Steward: Digging for Toronto history

Andrew Stewart: Digging for Toronto history

anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught at universities and worked as an archaeological consultant widely in Canada with both government and aboriginal organizations. He recently co-directed excavations at the site of the Fort York Visitor Centre, part of a War of 1812 battlefield and the location where urban Toronto was founded in 1793. The Visitor Centre is scheduled to open in 2014 as part of the revitalization of this 43-acre national historic site. Some of Andrew’s blogs can be found in Toronto’s Stories on the website of Heritage Toronto.


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