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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

Council opts to set up reserve to fund potential new hospital

Council opts to set up reserve to fund potential new hospital

Councillors will determine amount during budget deliberations; Mayor said it's 'forward-thinking and progressive' idea
Rooftop solar project at recreation centre remains up in the air

Rooftop solar project at recreation centre remains up in the air

Council opted to delay decision, referred plan to budget deliberations; 'Doing it a year from now will be no less of a statement,' says Emond
Council expects 'amazing things' from new youth senate

Council expects 'amazing things' from new youth senate

Eleven local youth agree to serve on new Orillia Sunshine Youth Senate; 'I think they are going to be a real welcome addition to the city,' says councillor
Developer has plans for new apartment buildings on Elgin Street

Developer has plans for new apartment buildings on Elgin Street

Northern Shield Development Corp. says units will be 'affordable housing'; Developer is looking for permission for fewer parking spaces than is normal
City on hook for higher-than-expected roof repair at Metro

City on hook for higher-than-expected roof repair at Metro

Council committee agreed to expand budget by $60,000, which may not be required; Investment will 'increase the value of the property,' says city staffer
City applies the brakes to on-street parking on University Avenue

City applies the brakes to on-street parking on University Avenue

Traffic volumes have jumped 140% in seven years; 'It's no longer a safe option to regularly remove a lane from a five-lane arterial road,' official says
Orillia to make bid to host provincial OSUM conference

Orillia to make bid to host provincial OSUM conference

Conference could attract 200-350 delegates to new Orillia Recreation Centre; 'The economic benefit both to the community and the downtown ... is incredible'
Two local wrestlers pin down medals at Pan Am Games

Two local wrestlers pin down medals at Pan Am Games

Olivia DiBacco wins silver, Jade Parsons earns bronze at international competition; Feats could help both realize dream of competing at 2020 Olympics
Two Orillia wrestlers pin down medals at Pan Am Games

Two Orillia wrestlers pin down medals at Pan Am Games

Olivia DiBacco wins silver, Jade Parsons earns bronze at international competition; Feats could help both realize dream of competing at 2020 Olympics
Popular Orillia Waterfront Festival making waves all weekend

Popular Orillia Waterfront Festival making waves all weekend

Boats, vendors, diving dogs, cardboard boat races ... 'There's something for everyone,' says organizer of weekend event