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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.

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Recent Work by Dave

PROFILE: Wyatt Thompson making pitch for Athlete of the Year

PROFILE: Wyatt Thompson making pitch for Athlete of the Year

Twin Lakes grad helped Orillia Royals win league crown and shone on the mound in his sophomore season for Thomas College in Maine
PROFILE: Orillia's Chas Sharpe nominated for athlete of the year

PROFILE: Orillia's Chas Sharpe nominated for athlete of the year

Former Terrier and ex-Predator named captain of OHL's Steelheads and is the team's top blueliner this year as the Orillia native continues to chase his NHL dreams
PROFILE: Isabella Holmgren cycles into Athlete of the Year race

PROFILE: Isabella Holmgren cycles into Athlete of the Year race

The world champion in two cycling disciplines is among three worthy candidates for 2023 Orillia Athlete of the Year award; winner will be announced Thursday
Developer files appeal over city's handling of Orchard Point project

Developer files appeal over city's handling of Orchard Point project

Company claims city's 'failure to make decision' is grounds for appeal after 'more than 900 days have passed' since zoning bylaw application was deemed complete
'Heartbreaking': Family, community mourn death of six-year-old

'Heartbreaking': Family, community mourn death of six-year-old

'It's a sad day for Orillia,' says mayor after young girl was killed in downtown crash; a candlelight vigil is being planned and a fundraiser has been started for family
Ramara votes to hold byelection to replace Ward 4 councillor

Ramara votes to hold byelection to replace Ward 4 councillor

'With three years left in the term, it just makes sense that people should decide who they want representing them,' says deputy mayor
Coldwater brothers injured in crash face long road to recovery

Coldwater brothers injured in crash face long road to recovery

GoFundMe account set up to support family; younger brother suffered traumatic brain injury in New Year's Eve crash in Oro-Medonte
Orillia Jr. B. Kings ink key players, have high hopes for season

Orillia Jr. B. Kings ink key players, have high hopes for season

Team's braintrust envisions 'very competitive' training camp and, in conjunction with Orillia Minor Lacrosse, will have a U22 team to draw from this summer
Deadline looms for 2023 Orillia Athlete of the Year nominations

Deadline looms for 2023 Orillia Athlete of the Year nominations

Deadline to nominate worth candidates is Jan. 5, officials say, as they put out a call to recognize city's top athlete
'Short-sighted' lacrosse policy could have impact on local kids

'Short-sighted' lacrosse policy could have impact on local kids

'The solution to our collective problem of declining registration does not lie in limiting the opportunities to play,' notes petition in opposition to new policy
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