Nadene E. Rogers
Speaker, Trainer, Performance Artist, Coach
A Little Backstory …
Nadene comes from a theatrical family has performing since the age of 10 and continued her studies of theatre arts, music, singing and dance through to her mid 20’s. Born and raised in Toronto Ont., Nadene ventured west to Calgary in 1981, where she became a member of the Variety Club of Alberta’s Clown Troupe, where all ‘good fortune’ broke loose! It wasn’t long before she wrote a 12 week ‘How to Be A Clown Course,’ which was so well received it officially became Shenanigans Clown School – the 1st of its kind in Canada. Next in the evolution was to open an Agency to find work for the graduate students and spread the joy even farther. Soon she was approached by the artistic director of the Glenmore Dinner Theatre, Zelda Dean, with the suggestion of combining their talents and vision and birthed a not-for-profit called ‘The Really Useful Theatre Clown Alternative Institute.’ It was the umbrella to a successful co-written and produced one woman show on substance abuse prevention called ‘Project Crossroads’ which toured for 3 yrs. throughout the Calgary and area Public Schools System – Junior High level.’ During this time, Nadene was sought after to train Stampede Parade Mascots, supply the clown walkabout entertainers for the Stampede several years running, and produce the one and only “Clown Day” for the Stampede in 1991.
Her performance skill found value with various psychotherapists working with clients challenged with multiple personality disorders when having difficulty accessing the youngest personality – and it was the summer of 1992 that she created and co-facilitated a clowning course @ The Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.
At the age of 40, she moved to Vancouver to expand her Clown School and Agency and was approached to tender a new curriculum that taught Character Development and Motion Study in the Classical Animation Dept. of the Vancouver Film School. While in Vancouver she was led to begin metaphysical and theological studies through the 1st Vancouver Church of Religious Science and graduated in 1997 as a minister. Moving back to Calgary she founded The Teens of Distinctions Society, The Seniors Dreamwish Foundation and The Calgary JOY of Life Centre for Spiritual Living.
Nadene retired as acting senior minister and executive director at the end of 2015, and today at the young age of 64 she is still a human potential movement junkie who continues to support individuals in embracing their humanity and living more joyful and authentic lives!
Clowning Performance Highlights
10yrs Calgary Exhibition & Stampede
Midway Alberta Children’s Hospital
20yrs Calgary Stampede Parade
Agricultural Fairs: Saskatoon, Yorkton, Brandon Calaway Park Calgary Stampeders Football Assoc. Christmas Shows: AFT Mobil Oil Petro/Shell Canada
Retailers: Bay Eaton Richmond Sq. Market/Southland Malls Jubilee Auditorium: Up With Seniors Variety Club of Alberta Clown Troupe
Humor in the Workplace/Living the Authentic Life Keynotes and Clown Training Workshops
Young President’s Assoc. Calgary
Calgary Women’s Network
Shell Canada, Calgary
ReMax Reality, Calgary
Bank of Nova Scotia, Drumheller
Rotary Club, W. Vancouver
Rotary Club, Downtown Vancouver
Kiwanis Clubs, Calgary
World Business Academy, Vancouver
Metro-McNair Laboratories, Vancouver
Imperial Band of Commerce, Vancouver
Western Canada High School, Calgary
Chinook College, Calgary
New Thought Centres:
Pathway to Creative Living, Calgary
Centre for Human Awareness, Calgary
Sea To Sky Spiritual Centre, N Vancouver
Centre for Positive Living, Calgary
Ladner Centre for Spiritual Living
Kamloops Centre for Spiritual Living
Kelowna Centre for Spiritual Living
Toronto Centre for Spiritual Living
Red Deer Centre for Spiritual Living
Ft. Lauderdale Centre for Spiritual Living
Calgary Bd of Ed: Adult Learners
Calgary Bd of Ed: Teachers Convention
Calgary Women’ s Interaction Conference Calgary’s Women of Vision
Singles Council, Calgary
University of Alberta, ACA Conference
High River Volunteer Assoc.
Alberta Home Care Asoc. Edmonton
Sheriff King Homes, Calgary
Alberta Figure Skaters Conference
High River Hospital and Nursing Home
Calgary Winter Games
2007/2012 Asliomar Conferences, Monterey
CSL Leadership Conference in San Diego, Austin and Vancouver
Let’s Get Busy Living Conference, Calgary
Body, Soul, Spirit Conferences, Calgary
Cochrane Women’s Show, AB
Some Kind Words from Some Nice Folks ~
“Nadene your presentation style was genuine, dynamic and engaging, your material – thought provoking and inspiring. Your delivery met our objectives, was refreshing and well received.”
Candice Perko, Director and Co-chair, Business and Community Liaison Committee, Bragg Creek and Area Chamber of Commerce
“Nadene’s passion for life, enthusiasm for harmonious community and her inner spirit is contagious and immediately uplifting. She is a professional in every sense of the word. Her presentation was unanimously praised by our conference attendees who said: “an amazing presence, awesome, inspirational and authentic.”
Kathleen Fair, Staff Conference Coordinator, The John Howard Society of Alberta
“Nadene’s delivery is so eloquent that it appeals to varied levels of intellect and always carries that touch of personal experience to make it more tangible.”
Jane Hansen, Customer Service Coordinator Wrigley and subsidiary of Mars Inc.
“It is a wonderful asset to a company like ours to be able to call on someone as professional and talented as you are.”
Deirdre Hamstead, The Organizers Event Management Ltd.
More testimonials available upon request.