OMNI TV AlbertaOMNI Television announced broadcast details for its exclusive Canadian coverage of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association 34th Annual Awards, celebrating five outstanding contributions to Canada’s multilingual broadcast, print, and internet journalism landscape. The one-hour CEMA Awards broadcast premieres in Ontario on Saturday, July 14  on OMNI.1 and  on OMNI.2, and in Alberta and BC on Sunday, July 15  on OMNI Alberta and  on OMNI BC. The CEMA Awards were taped during the June 23 evening gala ceremony at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre in Toronto.


OMNI Television is proud to once again recognize the diverse array of ethnocultural media that have an unwavering commitment to reflecting Canada’s diversity every day,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President of OMNI Television and chair of CEMA. “This year’s submissions reinforce the importance of presenting community perspectives on contemporary issues through unique and engaging journalism.

Hosted by OMNI Television personality Lucy Zilio and 680News reporter Rudy Blair, the broadcast includes the prestigious Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, presented annually to one outstanding individual who has become a voice for Canadian multiculturalism. Also showcased are dazzling performances by Toronto’s Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church choir Trinity Nightingales, Japanese Yosakoi-style dance group Sakura Mai, and the fusion drum group Beyond Sound Empijah.

2012 CEMA Award Winners


Nghi Do, Journalist, Thoi Bao Radio, for radio feature “A Donor for Jennifer,” which crusaded and mobilized audiences using public education through journalism.


Gloria Suhasini, Associate Editor, Canadian Immigrant, for article “The Sponsorship Question,” which examines the chances of parents and grandparents landing permanently in Canada.


Gaby Andraos, Director, Andraos Media, for documentary Guilty Until Proven Innocent, which explores the issue of media portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in Canada.


Prithi Yelaja, Senior Writer, CBC, for article “Multicultural Canada – A Haven from Norway-Style Violence?”

Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award

Dr. Lillian Petroff, Canadian Historian, for dedication to multiculturalism and its affirmative expression through media and historical documentation.