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 her own depression. In 2010, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario gave her their Hero Award. And the BC-CMHA presented her with their “Voice of Mental Health” Award. She has been honoured for her work in reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.
Currently, she is the host of “The Next Chapter” on CBC Radio, a program devoted to writers and songwriters, and she is the very proud, first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough because she believes we are all in the same boat. She holds honourary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario and from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In June 2011, she was named an Honourary Witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Last September, Shelagh was installed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her commitment to volunteer work in adult literacy, mental health and reconciliation from coast to coast to coast.