Ideally, it would encapsulate the qualities that we as a country are proud of– for Canadians–easy going, kind, and good natured. A voice that carried with it a sense of curiosity and delighted in the company and friendship of others.
Ever since she became a regular fixture on the national airwaves through her role reading the listener mail alongside the great Peter Gzowski on Morningside, Shelagh Rogers has been doing just that - endearing herself to Canadians with her warmth, curiosity and sense of humour.
She got her start in radio during her years as a undergrad at Queen’s University, where she volunteered at the campus radio station, CFRC, Once she was on air, it wasn’t long before her on talents as a host got her noticed - first by the local Kingston broadcaster CKWS and soon after by the CBC.
In September 2000 she began hosting CBC’s Radios flagship daily current affairs program This Morning, which in 2002 morphed into Sounds Like Canada. And in 2008 when Sounds Like Canada had it’s final broadcast, Rogers moved into her current role as host and producer on the Canadian literary show - The Next Chapter.
It’s not just as a broadcaster and insightful interviewer that Shelagh Rogers has made her mark on this country. She has also committed herself to a number of crucial issues, including breaking the stigma around mental health issues and being forthright about her own battles with depression, and she is also passionately committed to Reconciliation with Canada’s first nations.
Her generous spirit and curiosity embody in many ways the characteristics that we as a country pride ourselves on and, to borrow the title of her former show, there isn't anyone who sounds more like Canada than Shelagh Rogers.