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. Two years ago, she was 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.
Shelagh is the first ever Ambassador-at- Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough because she believes we are all in the same boat. Shelagh is also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 45, Bonne Bay, NL 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.
Shelagh loves being 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 from "Go!". Tom Howell, the poetry guy, helps out whenever he can while he writes a book.