Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist at CBC Radio, currently the host of, and a producer for, The Next Chapter, the program devoted to writing in Canada. She has hosted other national radio programs such as This Morning, Sounds like Canada, The Arts Tonight and she was Deputy Host of Morningside with Peter Gzowski.

Off-air, Shelagh has dedicated herself to public service. She is a vocal advocate for recognizing mental health care as the same priority as physical health care, for adult literacy, and for a reckoning with the truth of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. In 2010, Dr. Allen Benson, CEO of Native Counselling Services of Alberta, presented Shelagh with NCSA’s Achievement in the Aboriginal Community Award. In 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a life-changing honour. Also that year, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, for elevating the cause of adult literacy, fighting against the stigma of mental illness by sharing her own story of depression, and for promoting Canadian culture. Trent University named Shelagh The Jack Matthews Fellow for 2014. In 2016, she received the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She holds eight honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Victoria. In 2021, UVic’s Division of Student Affairs recognized Shelagh to the “honorary degree of Doctorate in Chancellation”, chancellation being the act and art of being a chancellor.

Shelagh co-edited the three books in the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s “Speaking My Truth” series about residential schools, truth and reconciliation. In 2019, she was named an inaugural Library and Archives Canada Scholar, acknowledging “the outstanding contribution of individuals who have dedicated their lives to the creation and promotion of the country’s literary and historical heritage.” This spring, it was announced that Shelagh is the 2022 Symons Medallist, recognizing “an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life.”She believes passionately in the power of dialogue and above all listening as a means to making positive societal change. Shelagh is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria, and is honoured to be participating in the Victoria Forum.