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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

Former CFOR morning man Rusty Draper releases memoir

Former CFOR morning man Rusty Draper releases memoir

Put the Kettle on Honey I'm Coming Home was a labour of love meant for his grandkids; Interest from public has spawned third printing of book
Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

The province also reported two additional deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours; There is a backlog of more than 65,000 tests awaiting results
Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

The province also reported two additional deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours; There is a backlog of more than 65,000 tests awaiting results
Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

Number of new provincial COVID-19 cases spikes to 491 today

The province also reported two additional deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours; There is a backlog of more than 65,000 tests awaiting results
Numbers up slightly as province reports 435 new COVID cases

Numbers up slightly as province reports 435 new COVID cases

There were no deaths related to the coronavirus in Ontario today; There are 100 people hospitalized throughout the province with COVID-19
Orillia man's 'tragic' drug-related death leaves family 'devastated'

Orillia man's 'tragic' drug-related death leaves family 'devastated'

Death and subsequent manslaughter charge a wakeup call, says detective; 'This is a young man, at 24, who should still be alive'
Numbers up slightly as province reports 435 new COVID cases

Numbers up slightly as province reports 435 new COVID cases

There were no deaths related to the coronavirus in Ontario today; There are 100 people hospitalized throughout the province with COVID-19
Orillia man's 'tragic' drug-related death leaves family 'devastated'

Orillia man's 'tragic' drug-related death leaves family 'devastated'

Death and subsequent manslaughter charge a wakeup call, says detective; 'This is a young man, at 24, who should still be alive'
All residents, staff at Leacock Lodge test negative for COVID

All residents, staff at Leacock Lodge test negative for COVID

Staff member tested positive Sept. 17, remains in isolation; The facility remains in an 'outbreak' for 14 days after most recent positive case
All residents, staff at Leacock Lodge have tested negative for COVID

All residents, staff at Leacock Lodge have tested negative for COVID

A single staff member tested positive Sept. 17 and remains in isolation; The facility remains in an 'outbreak' for 14 days after the most recent positive case