Office of the President


December 27, 2009




Dear friends and colleagues, sisters and brothers in the ethnic press and media,

The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada expresses the fervent wish during this Holiday Season all members renew their dedication to promote honor and inspire professional excellence in the sector.


As this year comes to its end, we reflect on the many blessings we have received from our members and friends this year and our professional achievements with the help of all of you and on behalf of the organization please allow me to express heartfelt thanks. Again this year we were able to recognize many hard working members of the sector and the community at large, and all this thanks to your dedication and good will.

Please allow me to remind you that during the 2009, more than 88 members of the media have been killed and hundreds arrested or jailed all over the world.

Today, I feel the need to pay tribute to memory of the 37 colleagues killed  in the Philippines this year, 8 in Pakistan, 7 in Mexico, 6 in Somalia, 5 in Russia, 3 in Guatemala, 3 in Iraq, two each in Sri Lanka, Honduras, Colombia and Salvador, Venezuela and the  Democratic Republic of Congo, and one to each India, Kenya, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Madagascar, El Salvador and Venezuela.

Let appreciate Canada for the protection provides to all of us.


Taking this opportunity I want to express our thanks to Hon. Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario, for the wise decision of his government to exempt our sector from PST along with the members of the mainstream media. Our appreciation for this decision, which recognizes our members as equals to mainstream media.

Our thanks are going also to the R. Hon. Stephan Harper M.P, Prime Minister of Canada for his decision to accept our motion to be a Honourary Life Chair of the organization.

I  want to express also our thanks to Hon. James Moore, M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and his department of Canada Magazine Fund, for their support to organize the  first professional development educational seminar at the Seneca College, last November.

Our thanks goes also to Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, His wife  and the members of His Staff, for their sponsorship and help to organize our annual Awards Ceremony, at Queen’s Park.


Dear Sisters and Brothers, our collective efforts for the creation of understanding and harmony among all Canadians will contribute to a better future for Canada, peace and understanding among all our communities.


Anticipating the future with optimism, please accept my warmest wishes for the season, and may the year 2010 bring health, happiness, peace and prosperity to Canadians and all over the world. Thank you again for your support and help.

 On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Thomas S. Saras

President and CEO