Aldo Di Felice, President of TLN Media Group, is among those recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) at the organization’s 44th Annual Awards for Journalistic Excellence.
Di Felice is the recipient of this year’s Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, named for CEMA’s founder and executive director, “for unswerving dedication to multiculturalism and its affirmative expression through media.”
The media executive, who has led the TLN network since 1998, told Broadcast Dialogue the recognition was a surprise he was grateful for.
“I have been in the media business for 30 years, the last 25 with TLN/telelatino. As some of you may have experienced, growing up in Toronto in the 1960s and ’70s was more about hiding our cultural heritage than sharing it. But that soon changed and multiculturalism, that magic word and concept, spread quickly. Seeing and being part of that transition has been a great way to spend a career,” said Di Felice. “Let’s remember that multicultural media is ours to define. We the creators and publishers of ethnic and multilingual content must ensure that the promise of multiculturalism is not limited. All ethnic minorities in Canada deserve to be supported and recognized, whatever race or ethnicity. That is what equality and multiculturalism is all about.”
Other winners included Franklin Rodriguez, host of CHIN Radio Ottawa’s The Spanglish Hour and Fairchild Television Executive Producer Ada Luk.
The complete list of winners by category follows:
Aeron Dellosa, Les Cedres, Quebec, Host/Producer for “The Immigrant’s Life”
Franklin Rodriguez, Host/Producer for “The Spanglish Hour,” CHIN Radio, Ottawa
Byron Armstrong, Freelance Journalist, Ricochet Media, Toronto, for “Police Apologies are Meaningless When They Actively Invest in Surveillance”
Sylvia D. Hamilton, Halifax Filmmaker/Writer for the article “Think on Me” in Canada’s History Magazine
Ada Luk, Executive Producer of Fairchild Television, Vancouver, for “Magazine 26 – Legacy of Wing Sang Building”
Raul Dudnic, Independent Producer, Television, for “Disinformation in the Canadian Romanian Community”
Adelina Suvagau, Vancouver Producer, for “Mary Magdalene in Conversation with Lilian Broca”
Taya Rtichesheva, Winnipeg-based Executive Director for U Multicultural, a digital media channel serving diverse communities across five provinces
Maxine Fischbein, Local Initiative Reporter, Alberta Jewish News for “Here to Tell Exhibit”
The CEMA awards webcast will stream Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET, co-hosted by Karen Johnson and Pauline Chan.
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