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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

Staff shortages have delayed city's street sweeping progress

Staff shortages have delayed city's street sweeping progress

Complaints from residents about night-time sweeping have also played a role; Staff say program will be completed by first week of June
Confident Ford makes campaign stop at 'second home,' Bracebridge

Confident Ford makes campaign stop at 'second home,' Bracebridge

Ford vows victory in Bracebridge for Graydon Smith, predicts Del Duca won't win his own seat, and lauds his 'strong plan' for Ontario
'Very sad': Local Green Party candidate's signs defaced

'Very sad': Local Green Party candidate's signs defaced

'I stand with you against racist hate and misogyny,' says Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner after sign at Krystal Brooks' home was defaced
SERIES: Nels Dunlop, who put players first, off to Hall of Fame

SERIES: Nels Dunlop, who put players first, off to Hall of Fame

'He was a key part of baseball in Orillia for well over five decades,' says son of longtime volunteer coach, manager and umpire; Gala set for May 28
Rob Kloostra 'super excited' to announce candidacy for mayor

Rob Kloostra 'super excited' to announce candidacy for mayor

Current councillors David Campbell, Ralph Cipolla, Mason Ainsworth and Jay Fallis will all seek re-election in October
<b>UPDATE:</b> 'Active threat' investigation complete, say OPP

UPDATE: 'Active threat' investigation complete, say OPP

It appears city hall is focal point of probe, but OPP spokesperson says he 'can't elaborate as this is an active and ongoing investigation'
Pat Hehn makes 'difficult decision' to not seek re-election

Pat Hehn makes 'difficult decision' to not seek re-election

City councillor implores women to run in this fall's municipal election; 'It is a rewarding experience, and one where our voices need to be heard'
<b>PROFILE:</b> Stanga, women's lacrosse pioneer, paved the way for future generations <b>(6 photos)</b>

PROFILE: Stanga, women's lacrosse pioneer, paved the way for future generations (6 photos)

'We just wanted young girls to have opportunities we never had,' says Joanne Stanga, who will be inducted as builder into Orillia Sports Hall of Fame May 28
OPP investigating swastikas at downtown construction site

OPP investigating swastikas at downtown construction site

'It's offensive. We don't need that kind of image in our neighbourhoods or in our town,' says OPP officer, who stressed detachment is taking probe 'very seriously'
<b>SERIES:</b> Mark Shivers, one of Canada's top swimmers, 'humbled' to enter sports hall of fame

SERIES: Mark Shivers, one of Canada's top swimmers, 'humbled' to enter sports hall of fame

'To compete on the world stage ... after training in a six-lane pool at the YMCA, that’s pretty amazing for a kid from Orillia,' says former athlete of the year