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Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson was born and raised in Orillia and returned to his hometown to become sports editor of The Packet & Times in 1991. He chose to stay in Orillia, to raise his family here and to serve the community as a reporter, editor and freelance writer ever since. He is thrilled to be the community editor of OrilliaMatters.com and looks forward to continuing the tradition of bringing the stories that matter to Orillians to their fingertips every day. Dave is also very involved in the community; he coached various sports when his kids were younger and, today, is a valued board member of Sport Orillia, a member of the Building Hope campaign for the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter and is also part of the committee selected to choose this year's Citizen of the Year.

Recent Work by Dave

It's time to nominate someone as the 2019 Athlete of the Year

It's time to nominate someone as the 2019 Athlete of the Year

Deadline to nominate a worthy candidate is noon, Jan. 31; Coveted award has been presented annually since 1952
Orillia Sports Hall of Fame's 2020 class announced

Orillia Sports Hall of Fame's 2020 class announced

David Town, Wayne Dowswell and Bill Watters will be officially inducted April 18; 'It was a really special moment' when nominee learned of honour
5-storey, 162-unit apartment building planned for Barrie Road

5-storey, 162-unit apartment building planned for Barrie Road

This is the third and final phase of redevelopment of former factory site; Project includes a 'trailhead plaza' with benches, shade structure, bike repair station
'Ridiculous' wait times for cabs will force closure of bars: Owner

'Ridiculous' wait times for cabs will force closure of bars: Owner

'I think this is a problem this council should try to address and have a little more options for citizens,' says Kloostra; Options will be presented at Feb. 3 meeting
Man shot at Peter Street home in Orillia

Man shot at Peter Street home in Orillia

Orillia OPP searching for two suspects, considered armed and dangerous; Several OPP units were called in to investigate the area
Winter storm forces cancellation of tonight's Terriers game

Winter storm forces cancellation of tonight's Terriers game

Red-hot Terriers put on ice for tonight's game; Orillia clashes with Stayner Tuesday in battle for second place in the division
BREAKING NEWS: Orillia man, 35, shot at Peter Street home

BREAKING NEWS: Orillia man, 35, shot at Peter Street home

Orillia OPP searching for two suspects, considered armed and dangerous; Several OPP units were called in to investigate the area
Alice Stamper mourned; 'Heaven has gained a powerhouse'

Alice Stamper mourned; 'Heaven has gained a powerhouse'

Ever-smiling, no-nonsense, one-of-a-kind Alice Stamper remembered as a tireless volunteer; 'She touched the lives and hearts of so many people'
Council approves incentives to help create affordable housing

Council approves incentives to help create affordable housing

At present, there is not sufficient funds to offer the incentives; 'It is one heck of an issue here and elsewhere around the province, the country and beyond,' says mayor
All Simcoe County Catholic elementary, secondary schools to close Tuesday

All Simcoe County Catholic elementary, secondary schools to close Tuesday

'With the absence of these employees we cannot reasonably proceed with classes or provide a safe learning environment for students,' official says in letter to parents