Don Rogers was born and raised in Toronto, and moved to Kingston in 1980. He soon appreciated the unique quality of life in his new city, and became active in the community.
He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Economics, and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree from the Institute for Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
His first exposure to real-life politics came during his university years, when he joined an ad-hoc group which lobbied for the adoption of a distinctive national flag for Canada. He was present on Parliament Hill on February 15 1965, when the new Flag of Canada was raised for the first time.
Following university, he embarked on a low-budget, around-the-world trip which took him to 71 countries over a three-year period from 1969 to 1971. That experience strengthened his deep appreciation for Canada, and his concern that Canada should remain a strong, sovereign, and independent nation in the world community.
Don Rogers was a distribution officer with the National Film Board of Canada for 14 years. In 1984, he became head of Audio-Visual at the Royal Military College of Canada. He retired in 1996.
For fifteen years, from 1988 to 2003, he served his community as the Kingston City Councillor for Sydenham Ward. During that time, he sat on a diverse range of committees, and served as chair of several. For two years, he represented the City at the Ontario Regional Chairs and Single Tier Mayors association.
Don Rogers has held membership in the Council of Canadians and its predecessor, the Committee for an Independent Canada. He served as Ontario Region Deputy Chairman of the latter, in the 1970's.
He also has supported the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Friends of Public Broadcasting. Prior to his election to City Council, he was active in a local ratepayers? association.
Married to Lorraine, and with a son Scott, 26, and daughter Daina, 24, he enjoys computers, photography, playing the piano, and occasionally disappearing to his remote cabin on 225 secluded acres of bush.