Shelagh Rogers: The Next Chapter
(CBC Still Photo Collection)Shelagh Rogers
is a veteran broadcast-journalist. She has hosted flagship programs with CBC Radio including This Morning
and Sounds Like Canada
. In 2000, she won the John Drainie Award, Canada's highest broadcasting honour.
The broadcaster has been a radio mainstay since 1980 when she joined CBC Radio in Ottawa, hosting the local current affairs program as well as music broadcasts.
Two years later, she became the host of a national classical concert show, Mostly Music
and in 1984, she moved to CBC Radio Toronto.
Around 1985, she began reading listener mail on the late Peter Gzowski's show Morningside
and became an instant hit.
Since then, she has hosted The Arts Tonight
and Take Five
and became the permanent backup host to Gzowski in 1995.
Rogers is now host of The Next Chapter
on CBC Radio. The program is devoted to two of her favourite kind of people: Canadian writers and songwriters. She works with her long-time collaborator Jacqueline Kirk and Erin Noel, who comes to The Next Chapter
. Tom Howell, the poetry guy, helps out whenever he can while he writes a book.
Rogers is the first ever ambassador-at-large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ont., because she believes we are all in the same boat. Rogers is also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 45, Bonne Bay, Nlfd., where she hosts the annual Writers at Woody Point Festival. She is also an honourary member of the League of Canadian Poets. And she is a previous "Jack" Award winner for her decades-long promotion of Canadian literature.
She was previously named a Champion of Mental Health for a series she did about mental illness and the impact on families and friends. That same year, she received a Transforming Lives Award from CAM-H for speaking publicly about depression. In 2010, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario gave her their Hero Award and the CMHA of British Columbia gave her their Mental Health Voices Award. She has also been honoured for her work in reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada.
In 2010, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and literacy"
Hear Rogers talk about her appointment:
Posted on Oct 10, 2011 6:00:00 AM