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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 community mourns longtime high school teacher, volleyball coach

Orillia community mourns longtime high school teacher, volleyball coach

Di Bacco taught at ODCVI for 31 years and had a passion for volleyball; 'He modelled integrity, faithfulness and humility,' says daughter
Community mourns loss of Tony Di Bacco — a 'prince of a guy'

Community mourns loss of Tony Di Bacco — a 'prince of a guy'

Di Bacco taught at ODCVI for 31 years and had a passion for volleyball; 'He modelled integrity, faithfulness and humility,' says daughter
Vandalism at Orillia pickleball courts 'very disheartening'

Vandalism at Orillia pickleball courts 'very disheartening'

Fencing around popular courts was damaged Monday night; Tim Payne says it's 'shameful' that some people 'disrespect this new facility'
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

Casino Rama rolling the dice, preparing to reopen July 29

While details are scant, officials say Casino Rama will reopen to 50% capacity; Timeline for return of concerts and other amenities remains unclear
Oro-Medonte councillor violated code of conduct: integrity commissioner

Oro-Medonte councillor violated code of conduct: integrity commissioner

Citizen is calling on council to force resignation of Cathy Keane, saying integrity commissioner's call for a reprimand 'is wholly inadequate'