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By Samuel Getachew
On the hills of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first TZTA issue – the only regular Ethiopian-Canadian newspaper in Canada – its publisher, Teshome Woldeamanuel, was honoured by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada at a well-attended ceremony at Queen’s Park’s official lieutenant Governor Suite.
Ontario’s new lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell handed a certificate and a medal on behalf of the press council to the awardees. Mr. Woldeamanuel, who joined an impressive list of dignitaries and awardees, including Toronto Deputy Police Chief (rumored to be the incoming Chief) Peter Sloly, was alluded for his long career in community journalism.
According to the press organization, he was a worthy of great stature and honoured for his publishing contributions, and for “free expression, long years of services, concept and visual presentation.” The citations continued, by paying tribute to Mr. Woldeamanuel, for his “distinctive achievements and your community service and distinguished in cultural communities and your community service in the promotion of tolerance and understanding along with the traditions and the interests of the Ethiopian-Canadian communities”.
Under the watchful eyes of his beloved wife and son, Mr. Woldeamanuel, described his two decades of service as a “labor of love” for the large and diverse Ethiopian-Canadian communities. The publication that is bilingual in Amharic and English, is a hub for articles and interviews that is of interest to the thousands of Ethiopian-Canadians in the GTA and has played an important journalistic role in distributing vital information to the community.
TZTA, since its inception two decades ago, it has given many aspiring journalists such as Young Diplomats co-founder, Helena Shimales, and yours truly, a foundation to express ourselves and make a contribution to our community. The paper that first started as a by-weekly and then to a monthly has featured exclusive interviews with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the late Jack Layton and the current Canadian Governor General, David Johnston.
For Mr. Woldeamanuel, the latest recognition caps an impressive credential in journalism, having won numerous awards and recognition from different esteemed organization including from the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada three times previously.