Local Radio Hosts Encourage Others to Give the Gift of Time

By Kevin Lajoie
December 13, 2012

Jimmy and Sue - Morning Rush - Cornwall OntarioCornwall Ontario - A pair of Cornwall radio hosts are helping to spread Christmas cheer by volunteering for a variety of causes, and they’re encouraging others to follow their lead.

Variety 104 morning show co-hosts Sue Stewart and Jimmy Kalaitzis recently launched ‘The 12 Deeds of Christmas,’ an initiative to encourage volunteerism and raise awareness of the importance of giving back to the community.

In addition to using their radio voice to help spread the message about special events, they are also rolling up their sleeves and assisting a variety of organizations in the community. In a short span of time, they have donated a bag of books to the Children’s Christmas Fund, read Christmas stories to kindergarten students at East Front Public School, volunteered at the OSPCA shelter on Boundary Road and helped out in the food bank at the Agape Centre, among other things.

“It’s a chance for us to brighten somebody’s day by doing a good deed,” said Ms. Stewart. “Even the smallest act of kindness can have a huge impact on someone in need, especially if it is unexpected.”

Their efforts are already beginning to pay off, with listeners following suit and performing their own good deeds. While giving blood at a recent blood donor clinic, Jimmy and Sue were contacted by another Cornwall resident who decided to give blood for the very first time. The woman has already booked her second appointment in February.

“In the end, it’s all about paying it forward and encouraging others to give the gift of time,” said Mr. Kalaitzis. “A little deed goes a long way!”

Volunteering and giving back to the community is nothing new to Ms. Stewart and Mr. Kalaitzis. In addition to the various community initiatives and projects that they support through the radio station, the two Cornwall residents also devote a lot of their own personal time to helping various organizations and causes.

A native of Finch, Ms. Stewart left the area for college and returned to settle in Cornwall. She has played an active role in the community for the past 14-plus years while raising her two kids, Ryan, 14, and daughter Alex, 5.

“Cornwall has it all - It’s a perfect place to raise a family,” she said.

Mr. Kalaitzis is a Toronto native who also spent some time in London, Ont., before moving to Cornwall in 2004. He is currently engaged to Cornwall native Erin Burns.

“Whenever or wherever I travel, I love to tell people about an incredible city in Ontario called Cornwall,” he adds.

For Ms. Stewart and Mr. Kalaitzis, ‘The 12 Deeds of Christmas’ initiative has been so successful and well-received that they plan on continuing it throughout the year in some form.

“This has enriched us more than anything,” said Mr. Kalaitzis.

You can catch Jimmy and Sue every morning on Variety 104.5 in Cornwall, from 6am to 10am.

Category: Community