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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

Community mourns loss of Mike Dodd — a' fantastic writer and better person'

Community mourns loss of Mike Dodd — a' fantastic writer and better person'

'I think it’s fair to say the world, and particularly Orillia, has lost a bright light today,' says long-time friend of veteran local journalist
Account set up to help family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Account set up to help family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Coldwater father and son who perished were 'incredible men' that 'were always filled with smiles and joy,' says family friend
Account set up to help family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Account set up to help family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Coldwater father and son who perished were 'incredible men' that 'were always filled with smiles and joy,' says family friend
<b>COLUMN:</b> Confusing lockdown rules open floodgates of confusion

COLUMN: Confusing lockdown rules open floodgates of confusion

Doug Ford's half measure has only served to cause chaos and uncertainty and stoke the fear and anger of people feeling the fatigue of the pandemic
Account set up to help local family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Account set up to help local family devastated by snowmobiling tragedy

Coldwater father and son who perished were 'incredible men' that 'were always filled with smiles and joy,' says family friend
Father and son from Coldwater perish in snowmobile tragedy

Father and son from Coldwater perish in snowmobile tragedy

'The massive amount of messages and tributes is a true testament to how wonderful these two men were,' says wife, mother of victims
Father and son from Coldwater perish in snowmobile tragedy

Father and son from Coldwater perish in snowmobile tragedy

'The massive amount of messages and tributes is a true testament to how wonderful these two men were,' says wife, mother of victims
OSMH staff 'step up' to help lead Barrie home through dire outbreak

OSMH staff 'step up' to help lead Barrie home through dire outbreak

'It's truly inspiring,' that weary staff at OSMH have agreed to help, says official; To date, nine residents of Roberta Place have died
Local radio personality Rob Frost returning to local airwaves

Local radio personality Rob Frost returning to local airwaves

'As a little kid, I always wanted to be on the radio,' says Frost, who was on the air at Rock 95 and Kool FM for more than 20 years. 'I’m happy to be back.'
Ontario reporting 3,422 new, confirmed COVID cases today

Ontario reporting 3,422 new, confirmed COVID cases today

In the past 24 hours, there have been 69 deaths (up from 50 yesterday) reported by Public Health Ontario