Shelagh Rogers, Officer of the Order of Canada, is a veteran broadcast-journalist. From working alongside Peter Gzowski on CBC Radio’s legendary “Morningside” to hosting “Sounds Like Canada”, Shelagh is a familiar Canadian voice. Currently, she hosts and co-produces “The Next Chapter”, the program devoted to Canadian writing and stories. She has received the John Drainie Award, Canada’s highest broadcasting honour, for “Significant Contribution to Canadian Broadcasting”.
When not on the air, Shelagh criss-crosses the country trying to topple the stigma connected to mental illness, speaking openly about her own depression. She also believes strongly in reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada and serves as an Honourary Witness to the work the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is the co-editor of the book Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School. She is the recipient of four honourary doctorates, including one from the University of Western Ontario. She is the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough: she feels we are all in the same boat. And she has just been named the next Jack Matthews Fellow at Trent University. As Shelley Ambrose, co-publisher of The Walrus Magazine, says, “Think of her as Canada’s ear. Then add a brain, a heart…and a very recognizable voice. That’s Shelagh Rogers.”
Years Participated: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2014
Author Website: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapter