Don Cameron

1936 - 2018

Updated Thursday June 14, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.

Don Cameron was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1936. He began his career in broadcasting by announcing at the race track in Summerside. In 1956 he started work at Radio Station CJRW in Summerside. In 1957, Don took a job with CKTB in St. Catharines, Ontario. Don came to Kitchener in 1958 as Sports Director for Radio Station CKCR and later with CKKW. In 1979 he became part of CKCO-TV Sports and continued there until his retirement in 1998.

Don gained much of his recognition as the voice of the Kitchener Rangers. He was their play-by-play announcer for over forty years. Other highlights of his broadcasting career include reporting on the KW Dutchmen from the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics, broadcasting the Memorial Cup on four different occasions and reporting on the Briar National Curling Championships, Skate Canada, the Canada Summer Games and many other national and international sporting events.

Don Cameron gave  a great deal to the community. He promoted local amateur sport through his radio and television broadcasts. He coached the Kitchener Kieswetter Ladies Senior Fastball Team from 1973 to 1978. In 1975, they won the Canadian Championship - also in the Hall of Fame for that accomplishment - and in 1976 they finished second.

Don also served his community through CYO, Big Brothers, the KW Press Club, Knights of Columbus, the Granite Club and the Jazz Club. He was married to a very supportive wife, the former Carole Stoesser.

KSA: Don continued his stint on radio as "The Voice and Choice" of the Kitchener Rangers for both home and away games right into his 80s. He also served as MC for KSA's Volunteer Recognition Dinners (in November each year) and the KSA's "Rangers-themed' dinner in October. It's no secret that Don was a regular participant in KSA's 50/50 draw at Rangers' home games. (Proceeds from the draws are used to support local minor athletes and sports organizations.) He was active right to his final departure serving as host to KSA Volunteer Dinner in November 2017 and doing the play-by-play for one of the Rangers playoff games vs Sault Ste Marie in April 2018.

  • Guest speaker at the 1998 & 2015 Volunteer Recognition Dinners
  • MC of the KSA Volunteer Recognition Dinner since the turn of the century!
  • KSA's Volunteer of the Year award recipient in 2009
  • Recipient of a special City of Kitchener Regnotion Award in 2015 for his extensive community involvement and positive influence.

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