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Shelagh Rogers elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada

Shelagh Rogers with Roots Music Canada co-founder Andy Frank and webcast co-host Judy Wark at the 2010 CFMA gala in Winnipeg.

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our friend, mentor and sometime contributor Shelagh Rogers on being elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada.

Shelagh is beloved from coast to coast to coast for her work as a broadcaster with CBC Radio, most recently as host of The Next Chapter. She has also been a tireless advocate for literacy, particularly through the Peter Gzowski Invitational golf tournaments. a strong voice for reconciliation between Native and non-Native people on the issue of residential schools, and a brave champion for the cause of mental health and healing.

She’s also supported the Canadian roots music scene as host of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Women’s Blues Revue, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Awards Gala, and such keystone events as the Mariposa Folk Festival 50th anniversary and Lunenburg Folk Harbour 25th anniversary among many others.

Shelagh’s on a first-name basis with many, if not most of those who work in our scene, and constantly supports and extols Canadian musicians, writers and artists of all stripes in her radio programs and public appearances.

Roots Music Canada has been the beneficiary of her legendary energy: Shelagh’s helped us from the moment we first began to publish, lending her interviewing skills to our coverage of the 2009 CFMA awards when we were still wet behind the ears. Later, she did the tough job of writing a beautiful tribute to Paul Quarrington for this blog while still feeling his loss keenly. And when we proposed to live-stream the 2010 CFMA ceremony from Winnipeg, Shelagh was the first to kick in cash to help fund that effort.

Ask anyone who’s known her or worked with her, and you’ll hear similar stories of generosity, passion and vision. Shelagh Rogers is one of those rare individuals who turns her talents totally to the betterment of this country, and that’s what being an Officer of the Order of Canada is all about.

Shelagh’s warm voice, her great heart and her glowing grin make her a national treasure, and we are immensely proud and pleased to see her recognized with this great honour.

Congratulations Shelagh – and keep up the great work!

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2 comments

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    Shelagh 30 December, 2010 at 21:52

    You are so generous. How easy it is for me to support Roots Music Canada. Best Canadian invention in the last year or so. The great storytellers of Canada–what a great file! I predict great things for you. Geez, I am loving the word great. And I’ve only had one cocktail. Let me put it this way:
    I love what you do. I love who you are. I love what you mean to Canada.
    Thank you, David and Andy. Many x’s and o’s.

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    Jay Aymar 31 December, 2010 at 12:47

    You meet some folks who – upon first meeting – appear to radiate positive energy. Then you meet them again and that feeling resurfaces. Then a third time and so on….until one realizes that this individual is 100% authentic.
    This (to me) is Shelagh Rogers. Very well deserved Shelagh. All the best for 2011!
    Jay.

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