Ethnomedia Week Awards
National Ethnic Press and Media
Council of Canada Conseil national de la presse et medias ethniques
du Canada Canada's Other Voices
Thirty individuals from the various cultural communities of Canada,
are honoured this year by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council
of Canada, for their work and services rendered to their community
during the previous years. Also fifteen ethnic publications are
recognized on the occasion of ETHNOMEDIA WEEK 2005 celebrations,
for their editorial concept or visual presentation (art work). The
presentation of the Awards is planned for the 15th of September
2005, at 6:00 PM, at the Main Legislative Building of Ontario and
is hosted by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario, at the Lieutenant Governor's Suite. The ceremonies are
to be attended by up to 250 individuals and the invited political
leadership of the Province and the Country.
For more information please call
Thomas S. Saras at: 416-921-4229 or 416-854-4229
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NAMES AND BIO'S OF HONOUREES
1. Mohammad Masoom Hotak Mr. Hotak was born in 1947 in Kandahar,
Afghanistan. He migrated to Canada in 1992 and was a cultural advisor
with the Afghan Association of Ontario for many years. He is the
author of more than twenty books and has written many articles about
history and literature of the Pashto culture. Mr. Hotak is a member
of the Afghan Post publication and contributes regularly.
2. Saber Fermand Born in Kabul, Afghanistan Fermand immigrated
to Canada in 1977 and is a co-founder of the Afghan Association
of Ontario. Mr Saber is the President of Council of Afghan Associations
of Canada and has served on numerous advisory committees working
with several levels of government officials.
3. Shamsuddin Masroor Shamsuddin Masroor is a well-known Afghanistan
singer living in Toronto. He was born in the City of Kabul, Afghanistan.
He has been a professional singer for the past 30 years. In 2001,
he migrated to Canada. Since then he is actively involved in the
promotion of Afghan folklore music and in the Afghan community.
He recently had a concert at the request of CBC Radio and Television
4. Ruwan Jayakody, Ruwan Jayakody, is well known in the culinary
circles of Canada. Ruwan has been selected for the Canadian team
to participate in the 2006 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. He
has made the 'Canadian National Day Cake' for Queens Park for 6
years each one enough to feed 3500 people and also baked the 'City
of Toronto Cake' for three years. His culinary wonders have earned
him a chapter in the World Celebrity Chefs published in the United
5. John Cartwright John Cartwright is the President of the Toronto
and York Region Labour Council, representing 190,000 union members.
He helped initiate the Campaign for Public Education and the Toronto
Waterwatch campaign to defend vital public services in Toronto.
He was recognized by the City of Toronto Award of Merit for efforts
in promoting apprenticeship for equity- seeking groups. Since becoming
Labour Council President, John has worked with affiliated unions
to craft an aggressive equity agenda for Toronto's labour movement.
The Council initiated ground-breaking Workers of Colour Conferences,
and has elected the most diverse leadership of any central labour
body in the country.
6. Melpa Kamateros Melpa Kamateros was born in Nicosia Cyprus.
In 1991, she helped found "the shield of Athena" a non-governmental
organization and established a shelter, where women and children
of any ethnicity can stay in safety and security. She has co-ordinated
the 'Ethnic Media Outreach Project' for the department of Multiculturalism
Canada where videos and pamphlets translated in up to 16 languages
have been produced. She has also written many articles on isolated
immigrant families, family violence and community outreach strategies.
Ms. Kamateros, was also part of the official Quebec and Canadian
delegations to the UN at the "Bejing & 10" conference
held in New York in February and March of this year.
7. Peter Capadoucas The great-grandson of Greek immigrants Peter
is a 4th generation Canadian and his family today proudly admits
as six generation in B.C. He worked as a high school teacher in
Vancouver for 33 years and was involved in a number of educational
projects. Peter served the Greek Community of Vancouver and was
its representative to Vancouver multicultural Society. He served
in the cultural society of "Pharos", and also member of
the board of trustees of the Hellenic Community of Vancouver. He
organized a number of Greek festivals in Vancouver and currently
he is the Co Chair of the revival of the Greek day of the City.
8. John Theodosopoulos President of the Hellenic Community of Montreal
since June 2004 John has done much to serve the community. He was
a Vice President of Education for the HCM Socrates Schools. Originally
from Pikerni, Arcadia, Greece, Mr. Theodosopoulos, an architect,
who is Vice President Construction for Designespace Inc. in Dorval,
Quebec, has not forgotten his roots and goes out of his way to help
anyone in need.
9. Elise Sharabkhanian Elise Sharabkhanian was born in Aleppo,
Syria. She is the daughter and granddaughter of survivors from the
Armenian Genocide, who found refuge in Syria. Elise has done considerable
volunteer work in the Armenian Community. She is one of the founding
members of the Toronto chapter of the Hamazkayin Educational and
Cultural Society. As a volunteer journalist, Elise has contributed
many articles and reports to the Horizon Armenian Weekly.
10. Arsho Zakarian Arsho Zakarian was born in Egypt of Armenian
parents, who have survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey and found
refuge in Egypt. Arsho immigrated to Canada in 1969, and is an active
member in the Armenian Community. Her volunteer work has been recognized
by the Armenian Community and the community at large. She promotes
Armenian publications, organizes heritage festivals, produces plays,
and serves in various committees. Arsho Zakarian contributes regularly
to Horizon Armenian Weekly with her articles and photographs.
11. Hagop Simon Piliguian Hagop Simon Piliguian was born in Alexandria,
Egypt, in July 1929. In 1969 he settled in Montreal. In 1980 he
was elected vice president of the Sourp Hagop Armenian church, where
he served until 1986. Today Hagop Simon Piliguian is the president
of the recently founded Montreal's Armenian community center's Golden
Age Association. Finally, as a volunteer contributor for 25 years,
he has written and translated articles for Montreal's Horizon weekly
12. Peter Foustanellas Arriving in Canada in 1965 the 17-year-old
Mr. Foustanellas had only $40 in his pocket, and spoke just a few
words of English. He did have a very strong work ethic, which he
credits to his mother. His impressive rise from rags to riches started
30 years ago with Argos Carpets, which he built from a one-man operation.
Ten years ago, Mr. Foustanellas formed Olympia Homes, after a business
deal had gone sour. Mr. Foustanellas is proud to be a Canadian and
in the past year has donated one million dollars to the University
of Ottawa's Heart Institute, and another one million dollars to
the Ottawa Hospital. Not forgetting his roots Mr. Foustanellas is
very active in the Greek Community of Ottawa, where he donated time
and again big amount of moneys to help the needs of the community.
13. Khosro Shemirani. A native of Iran Mr. Shemirani, has immigrated
to Canada with his dream for freedom. He is holding o bachelor of
Sciences from the Johannes Guttenberg University. He is an open-minded
writer and prepares articles on the human rights. He published articles
with critical views about the presidential elections in Iran as
well about the violation of the children's rights. He published
a number of articles on political killings in Iran and many interviews
with political prisoners, one of them with Shirin Ebadi, winner
of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.
14. Tina Tehranchian A branch manager and financial advisor Tina
is currently serving as an advisory council member at the Family
Service Association of Toronto, and as a director of JVS of Greater
Toronto. She is also one of the founding members and chair of the
Iranian Canadian Network for Employment and Entrepreneurship Mentoring
and is also a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of
the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. She is holding a Master
of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Portland.
Tina and her family immigrated to Canada in 1990.
15. Andy Bakhtiari. Born in Iran Andy Bakhtiari, he grew in a family
of six children; his dream was to succeed in business. In January
of 1980 he arrived in Canada with very little money to his pocket
and very few clothes in his back. In Canada he started from the
beginning learning English and later graduated with a degree in
Civil Engineer in 1985. He worked in many companies and later in
1993, he started his own technical company. No more than ten years
later, Andy owns and operates more than four companies with over
one hundred employees in Canada and U.S.A. He is an active supporting
member of the Iranian community ready always to rent his help to
every member in need.
16. Lucy Grigoriadis Born in Greece, Ms. Grigoriadis moved to Toronto
in 1969. As a leader in the Greek Orthodox Community-at-large, she
has devoted her life to volunteer work. A tireless member of the
community she has served on many boards and works on issues affecting
seniors, Family Violence and Women's Abuse, Women's Health Issues,
and works as a volunteer translator in various hospitals, courtrooms
and probation offices, for Greek families in need. The last few
years she organized the cultural group "Heritage" with
main goal the preservation of the popular folklore dances and song
of the various regions of Greece, and for this reason she is organizing
annually conventions in Toronto. Ms. Grigoriadis dedicated also
time and energy to raise funds for the operation of the Greek Orthodox
Schools in Toronto. Lucy is the friendly person to everyone in the
17. Michael Mouratides. Born in Macedonia Greece, Michael Mouratides,
migrated to Canada 1966. Few years later in 1973, he elected president
of the Brotherhood of Pontion Toronto an organization with members
from the area of Pontos in the Caspian Sea. During his term he purchased
a building on Danforth Ave, for the needs of the organization, and
started the publication " Voice of Pontion". Later elected
member of the Greek Community of Toronto with responsibility the
cultural affairs. Mr. Mouratides is the one who started the Greek
Parade on Danforth Ave on the occasion of the anniversary of the
liberation of Greece. He organized numerous historical exhibitions,
edited and published the history of the Greek Community of Toronto
and was the co-founder of the Pontion Federation of North America.
Michael published a numerous articles in Greek and he was producing
a radio program of free opinion.
18. Pratibha Bhole After arriving in Canada in 1998, Ms. Bhole
joined the International Centre for Eradication of Poverty and coordinated
their various activities. She was instrumental in organizing the
function to commemorate UN International Day for Eradication of
Poverty in Toronto in Metro Hall. She also participates in social
service activities of different ethnic associates and organizations.
Originally from India Ms. Bhole has dedicated her life to helping
others establishing herself as a respected social worker.
19. Dr. C. J. Kurian President of Alpha Charitable Foundation dedicated
to fostering and promoting good will and helping the underprivileged,
especially in the field of health care and education. Born in India,
Dr. Kurian is currently assisting physicians of Indian Heritage
with forming the Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage. Dr.
Kurian has received many community awards for both business excellence
and his volunteer work.
20. Tom Michalopoulos Mr. Michalopoulos arrived in Canada in 1972
from his native Greece, with his dream for a better life. On his
arrival to Canada he promised himself to avoid any involvement with
the restaurants. Ironically after the first difficult years he spent
in the real estate business he forced to take over the operation
of a small coffee shop that was abandoned by the previous owner,
in order to save his money. Later he created the "Coffee Time"
company and went into franchise business. Twenty years later today
Mr. Michalopoulos' company operates 380 branches all over Ontario,
Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and few in B.C. Few years ago he extended
his operation also in Europe where he opened the first eight shops.
Over the years Mr. Michalopoulos' company, created a non-for profit
foundation helping financing humanitarian and athletic projects.
He donated money to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, helped
Canadian athletes to participate in the 2004 Olympics in Athens,
also to the Greek Community of Toronto and other worthy humanitarian
21. George Seretis. George was born in Greece. He migrated to Canada
in 1961, in his search for better life. After the very hard work
of his first years in the country he created the "Easy Plastic
Containers LMT", with one more partner. Through the years the
business has been successful and he was able to give back to community.
He served several terms as President of the Hellenic Community of
York Region. He is co-founder and resent president of the York Region
Athletic and Social Club and also President of the Hellenic Heritage
Foundation, which donated 2.000.000 dollars for the creation of
a Chair of Modern Hellenic Studies at York University. George remains
a very active member of the community and continues his humanitarian
22. Valéria Sales Valeria Sales came to Canada from Brazil
9 years ago. She is holding a degree in Speech Pathology and also
a post graduate degree in Psychomotor Function. She has been working
at the Abrigo Centre for 5 years as a counselor where she works
primarily with newcomers and also with post settlement immigrants.
Ms. Sales has developed programs focusing on increasing clients
self esteem, and for families where she promotes discipline without
violence. She has written articles in Brasil News for the past 7
years and is part of the Citizenship Council of the Brazilian Consulate
in Toronto. She believes that humility and a positive attitude are
allies to those who go to distant countries, where culture, language
and traditions are different.
23. Dr. Renato Harari Dr. Harari, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He graduated from the Dental School of Nova Friburgo, Brazil. Migrated
to Canada in 1990 and later passed the Canadian Dental Board exams
and started practicing Dentistry in Toronto. His patients are primarily
of Portuguese, Brazilian, Italian and Spanish cultural background.
Over the years he sponsored various cultural events of non-profit
organizations and also he donated his work by attending new immigrants
and citizens without dental coverage. He believes his contribution
to Canada as a successful professional is to help persons in need.
Your Honour, Dr. Renato Harari.
24. Ian Jones Mr. Jones has over 30 years experience and achievements
as a manager and director of social service agencies in Toronto;
as a cultural leader in the steelpan and calypso art forms, as well
as a facilitator of Black community enhancement. Currently Director,
Special Programs Services of Covenant House Toronto, Mr. Jones is
a tireless social worker working hard to benefit the community.
25. Dr. Thomas W. Gallant Dr. Thomas W. Gallant holds the Hellenic
Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History at York University,
Toronto. He has published six books and over forty scholarly articles
in English and Greek. In 2003, he was one of the founders of the
Canadian Hellenic Historical Society. He sits on the board of directors
of the Canadian Institute in Greece and is the Director of the Canadian
Institute of Balkan Studies. On a personal note, his cultural background
has prepared him well for dealing with issues relating to multiculturalism,
being the son of a Greek mother and a French Canadian-Mi'kmaw father.
26. Kleber de Souza Born in Brazil Mr. De Souza, immigrated to
Canada in 1987. The following years he started his involvement with
the Brazilian soccer team in Canada. He created the first club named
Sao Paulo Soccer Club, which today is known as Stellar Brazil. The
club created a reach history in Canada and won many championships.
With his vision Mr. De Souza managed to unite the Brazilian community
of Toronto and across Canada. He volunteers many hours of his time
teaching young Canadians to master the skill of soccer. He is organizing
cultural events in order to raise funds for his team and many times
he has to reach his own private finances to maintain the sport,
which is very cultural to many Brazilians around the world.
27. Joanna Parris In her role as Event Manager/ Office Manager
Joanna Parris skills' have contributed to making the Caribana Festival
a success. She is an author and in was the major force in starting
"Re-Claim Our Youth Through Education and Training" an
organization which is focused on keeping Black Youth in School and
for those outside the school system making sure that further education
or training is available to them.
28. Ms. Xue Sheng Xue Sheng is a member of The Independent Chinese
PEN Center; a non-political organization of writers who fights for
the protection of freedom of expression and publication. In 2000,
she won The Canadian Association for Journalists Award for Investigative
Journalism and the National Magazine Award, for an investigative
report on the lives of Chinese boat refugees published in the Canadian
magazine Maclean's. She is the first Chinese Canadian to win such
a prestigious award.
29. Mr.John Daperis After serving with the Greek armed forces in
the WWII, John Daperis arrived in Canada in 1952 and settled in
Montreal. In his efforts to help his fellow Greek immigrants understand
what was going around them Mr. Daperis set on a course to create
a means to do just that. So he started Broadcasting to Greek speaking
Montrealers with daily communication, information, news, entertainment
and most of all building a bridge between the new country and the
old for the Greek immigrants of Quebec. From 1955 he started broadcasting
in the Greek language over o French radio station in Montreal. 1997
he launched the CJNT television. 2003 John spearheads an application
to CRTC for an FM commercial over the air Radio station license.
In 2004 the CRTC grants John Daperis and Canadian Hellenic Cable
Radio a radio station license. CKDG is born.
30. Luba Cherny Luba Cherny, president of media company Canadian
Russian Courier is publishing since 1996, two Russian community
weekly newspapers the Canadian Courier and the Russian Carousel.
Since 2001 she is organizing the Russian Carousel annual event at
Mel Lastman Square. Also since 2004 Luba is producing and broadcasting
the Russian TV Show "The Morning". Luba Cherny is a member
of the board and the treasurer of the Russian Speaking Congress
31. HELEN WANG. Helen Wang, is the editor-In-Chief of the Manitoba
Chinese Tribune, a community news/ magazine run entirely by a group
of dedicated volunteers and reaches out Chinese immigrants across
Canada. She born in China and came to Canada in the 1990's where
she graduated with Masters degree in social work from the university
of Manitoba. Besides the newsmagazine Helen serves as an International
Student Advisor and Budged Manager at the University of Manitoba.
She is also volunteer as a trustee with the Victoria General Hospital
and the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Child and Family Services
32. Maura McCay. As the founder, managing editor and publisher
of the Celtic Connection, Maura McCay brings a broad range of experience
in her position. 14 years ago, she established the Vancouver based
monthly newspaper which now serves over 35.000 Celts across Canada
and the United States. The focus of this publication is arts and
cultural reviews, interviews and current events, along with community
news. Maura over the years has been recognized for her excellent
job and received many honours from the various Celtic communities
of North America including the recognition of the Irish Woman of
the Year Award.
33. Abeyewardene, Srimal Editor-In-Chief Sri Lanka Reporter A strong
opinionated voice of the Sri Lanka Community of Toronto.
34. Logedralingam, R. N. Editor-In-Chief Uthyan Newspaper ( Tamil)
An exceptionally strong voice of the Tamil communities of Canada
35. Gu, Cindy Publisher The Epoch Times (Chinese daily) A strong
defender of the Human rights and the free democratic Values
36. Adnan, Hashmi Editor-In-Chief Sunday Times Canada ( South Asian
Press) An exceptionally strong publication, expressing the concerns
of the Canadians of South Asian origin.
37. Arasaratnam, Kangarajah Editor-In-Chief Tamil Senthamari (Tamil)
The strong voice of the Canadian Tamil Communities
38. Uruena, Eduardo Editor-In-Chief El Popular (Spanish) The only
daily and popular voice, of the Spanish speaking communities of
Canada. Published for the last 35 years.
39. Wazda, Eva Publisher / Editor-In-Chief German Business and
Trade Publications. A strong business oriented publication of the
German, Austrian and Swiss business communities of Canada.
40. Nazir, Ebrahim Editor-In-Chief Community Digest Weekly ( South
Asian) A national multicultural publication expressing the concerns
of our South Asian communities.
41. Alamgir, Hussain Editor-In-Chief Weekly Shomoy ( Bengali) A
very strong and popular voice, of the Canadian-Bengali speaking
communities. 42. Ayiku, Emmanuel Editor-In-Chief Ghanaian News (Ghanaian)
A truly leader of the Ghanaian communities of Canada, this publication
remains one of the best.
43. Garcia, Hermie Editor-In-Chief The Philippine Reporter (Philippino)
A strong opinionated voice of the Canadian communities from Philippine
heritage, with struggles for equality and social justice for all
44. Negrette, Jose E. Director "De Norte a Sur" (Latino)
A Dynamic publication expressing the concerns of the Latino speaking
communities of Canada, with an exceptionally perfect design.
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