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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

Orillia's Mariposa Folk Festival seeks 'quantum' increase in city funds

Orillia's Mariposa Folk Festival seeks 'quantum' increase in city funds

Festival looking for $50,000 per year over next three years, and bonus of $10,000; 'Festival is cultural icon,' official says
Mariposa Folk Festival seeks 'quantum' increase in city funds

Mariposa Folk Festival seeks 'quantum' increase in city funds

Festival looking for $50,000 per year over next three years, and bonus of $10,000; 'Festival is cultural icon,' official says
HRC not among properties province is trying to sell

HRC not among properties province is trying to sell

Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop says she's 'hopeful' the prime, lakeside property in Orillia will be made available
DOMB elects new board of directors

DOMB elects new board of directors

Nine people ran for eight positions; 28 ballots were cast
HRC not among properties province is trying to sell

HRC not among properties province is trying to sell

MPP Jill Dunlop said she is 'hopeful' the prime, lakeside property will be made available; 'I do think it's a good idea,' she says
Fallis loses last-ditch bid for evening meetings

Fallis loses last-ditch bid for evening meetings

Trial for afternoon council committee meetings gets green light; Fallis said people thought change made council 'more exclusive and less accessible'
Cannabis stores on every Orillia street corner? Not likely!

Cannabis stores on every Orillia street corner? Not likely!

Policy advisor provides sobering stats and data on retail cannabis; Orillia must decide by Jan. 22 if it will allow retail cannabis stores
Public meeting on Sundial project set for Thursday

Public meeting on Sundial project set for Thursday

Developer wants to build new seven-storey building beside current four-storey retirement home
Rotary Place dressing rooms 'disgusting,' says hockey player

Rotary Place dressing rooms 'disgusting,' says hockey player

John Falcon says black mould and sub-par fixtures are 'not acceptable;' Coun. Tim Lauer said staff 'will be addressing' concerns
City council will move to some afternoon meetings in the spring

City council will move to some afternoon meetings in the spring

Council committee meetings will be held Monday afternoons, starting in May, for a trial run; Hehn says schedule will 'make it more difficult' for some citizens to be heard