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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

Widening of West Ridge Boulevard to five lanes gets green light

Widening of West Ridge Boulevard to five lanes gets green light

New design would include two through-lanes in each direction and a turning lane; decision must be ratified Thursday
Love the ice cream? Wait until you taste the spoon!

Love the ice cream? Wait until you taste the spoon!

Kawartha Dairy unveils edible cutlery; 'People love them,' says young entrepreneur behind tasty, edible spoons
City steps up campaign against graffiti vandals

City steps up campaign against graffiti vandals

City will partner with Crime Stoppers to offer cash rewards; 'It's a good step in the right direction,' says Ainsworth
Pickleball anyone?

Pickleball anyone?

New pickleball courts open at Homewood Park
Legacy of successful Ontario Winter Games will be on display at new recreation centre

Legacy of successful Ontario Winter Games will be on display at new recreation centre

Legacy Fund of $170,000 will be used to purchase and install digital video board at new complex on West Street
'Respectful' path forward sought for Champlain Monument

'Respectful' path forward sought for Champlain Monument

Tim Lauer appointed to working group that will be charged with charting future by spring of 2019
Ambitious waterfront plans moving 'full steam ahead'

Ambitious waterfront plans moving 'full steam ahead'

Council committee green-lights minor zoning changes, an RFP process and other initiatives to pave the way for development
Working group tasked to plot future of Orillia's Champlain Monument

Working group tasked to plot future of Orillia's Champlain Monument

Controversy about statue and its portrayal of history led Parks Canada to delay its return to Couchiching Beach Park
Working group tasked to plot future of Champlain Monument

Working group tasked to plot future of Champlain Monument

CIty appointed Tim Lauer to working group; decision must be ratified Thursday
Former Orillia mayor remembered as a 'true gentleman'

Former Orillia mayor remembered as a 'true gentleman'

Dave Macdonald served on school board, city council and was a tireless volunteer; 'It's a big loss to the community'