Veteran CBC host Shelagh Rogers received the annual Symons Medal, which recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to Canadian life.
The Symons Medal is named after Professor Thomas H. B. Symons, founding president of Trent University and a member of the Board of Trustees and long-time supporter of the Confederation Center of the Arts. First awarded in 2004, recipients include David Suzuki, Prince Charles, Murray Sinclair and Mary Simon.
One of the features of the award is a lecture presented at the Confederation Center in Charlottetown. Rogers will present his lecture on October 13.
In addition to her long career at the CBC, Rogers has been recognized for her work advocating for adult literacy, her promotion of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and for her fight against the stigma of mental illness by sharing the story of her own depression.
“She is one of the nation’s most beloved storytellers, and her advocacy work has had a monumental impact on our country,” Robert Sear, co-chair of the Symons Medal Committee, said in a press release.
The medal presentation and conference are intended to provide a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state of the nation, its shared histories and perspectives.
Tickets for the conference are free, but those interested are asked to book in advance. The conference will also be broadcast live.