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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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dave@orilliamatters.com

Recent Work by Dave

Terriers rally to sink Otters in spirited home-opening triumph

Terriers rally to sink Otters in spirited home-opening triumph

Dominant second period helps Orillia earn first victory of the young season; Wade Monague stops 31 of 33 shots in home ice triumph
'Eggciting' discovery: Local woman's chicken lays rare round egg

'Eggciting' discovery: Local woman's chicken lays rare round egg

'At first, I thought it was a ball the dog found. When I picked it up, I realized — to my surprise — it was an egg,' said Washago woman
Just 5 of 30 candidates seeking election in Orillia are women

Just 5 of 30 candidates seeking election in Orillia are women

'People can be pretty nasty ... I think that they are more likely to try to bully a woman than they are man,' laments Pat Hehn of scourge of social media
Who is seeking election in Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn?

Who is seeking election in Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn?

Check out our rundown of who is running for mayor, deputy mayor and council in the townships surrounding Orillia
Orillia youth battles to bronze medal at World Cup in Calgary

Orillia youth battles to bronze medal at World Cup in Calgary

The 12-year-old suffered a devastating injury that took away his chance for gold but he was 'excited to take the podium' at the international event
City to pay extra $1.645M to contractor to restart stalled project

City to pay extra $1.645M to contractor to restart stalled project

Construction of sewage pumping station has been stalled for almost a year due to impasse; Mayor says 'frustrating situation' has been resolved
Cause of 'dirty fire' on Kitchener Street 'undetermined' (VIDEO)

Cause of 'dirty fire' on Kitchener Street 'undetermined' (VIDEO)

Fire led to closure of diamonds, soccer pitches at Kitchener Park and sparked concerns about runoff into Ben's Ditch, Lake Simcoe, say officials
Parking a concern for affordable housing plan at post office

Parking a concern for affordable housing plan at post office

Raising the Roof will be seeking $834,000 in grants/rebates from city and looking for council to OK plan that calls for just 3 parking spots for 40 units
Mike Dodd to be inducted into Midland Sports Hall of Fame

Mike Dodd to be inducted into Midland Sports Hall of Fame

Longtime local sports writer was 'a media champion for local sports and the people who played and supported them' and 'truly merits' spot in sports shrine
Orillia woman to be inducted into Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Orillia woman to be inducted into Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Joanne Stanga, who was inducted into Orillia's Sports Hall of Fame in May, will be inducted in the builder's category of national lacrosse shrine