Order of Canada
|Chancellor of the
University of Victoria
January 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Murray Farmer|
|Profession||CBC Radio host|
Rogers grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Rogers began in broadcasting at CFRC, the campus radio station of Queen's University. She also worked at Kingston, Ontario's CKWS, hosting a country music program while still a student at Queen's. She later went on to produce a daily current affairs TV show and served as the station's late-night weather presenter.
Life and career
Rogers graduated from Queen's University's arts program (B.A., art history) in 1977. In 1980, she joined CBC radio in Ottawa, hosting local current affairs programs and jazz and classical music broadcasts. In 1982, she became host of the national classical concert program Mostly Music.
In 1984, she moved to CBC Toronto. In addition to hosting local programs, she became a frequent contributor to many national shows, including Morningside and Basic Black. She was also the founding host of The Arts Tonight.
She became a frequent guest host of Morningside, and in 1995 the program's host, Peter Gzowski, named Rogers the show's permanent guest host.
In 2000, Rogers returned to Radio One as host of This Morning, which she hosted for two years. In 2002, she became host of Sounds Like Canada.
In June 2011, she was inducted as an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Also in 2011, she was named 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." Her Order of Canada citation reads: "Shelagh Rogers is a passionate journalist, activist and promoter of all things Canadian. A nationally renowned radio broadcaster, she is best known for hosting the CBC’s “This Morning” and “Sounds Like Canada.” Also highly regarded for her advocacy work, she has spoken out to help destigmatize mental illness, and has raised awareness and funds for adult literacy initiatives. She now champions reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada."
She was appointed Chancellor of the University of Victoria for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2015.
Awards and accolades
- Rogers won an ACTRA Award in 1983 for Best Host/Interviewer.
- In 2000, she was awarded the John Drainie Award for making a significant contribution to broadcasting in Canada.
- In 2002, she received an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.
- Also in 2002, she was named ADSUM House Successful Canadian Woman of the Year.
- She received a Transforming Lives Award from CAM-H in 2008.
- In 2008, she was awarded The Canadian Foundation for Women's Health Award for Journalism in Women's Health.
- In 2010, she received the Hero Award from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.
- Native Counselling Services of Alberta awarded her their Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award for her work on reconciliation.
- Rogers was the 2010 Mental Health Voices Award Recipient from the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division.
- She was also named Ambassador at Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in 2010.
- In 2011, she received an honorary degree from Mount Allison University.
- In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- In 2012, she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University.
- In 2012, she was the Bronze Radio Winner for the documentary North Words and in 2013, she won a Finalist Certificate for Best Talk Show Host from the New York Festivals Best Radio Programs Awards.
- In 2013, she received an Honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University.
- In 2014, she was presented with the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award.
- In 2014, she received an honorary degree from Vancouver Island University.
- The Canadian Publisher’s Association named her an Honorary Publisher in 2014.
- The Ontario Writers’ Conference 2015 Cornerstone Award was won by Rogers and her long-time producer, Jacqueline Kirk.
- Also in 2015, she received the Ontario Writers’ Conference Word by Word Award.
- In 2016, she received the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy.
- She has been named an honorary member of the League of Canadian Poets.
- She is the Honorary PGI National Chair for the Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy.
- Host: Shelagh Rogers - The Next Chapter
- Queen's Alumni Review Index
- "CBC Radio widens its net", The Globe and Mail, June 26, 2008.
- CBC Radio - Shelagh Rogers launches her new show about Canadian books and writers
- "Honorary Witness, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada".
- "Governor General Announces 54 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2010.
- "Governor General to Invest 45 Recipients into the Order of Canada". September 14, 2011.