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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

'Awesome': Orillia sisters rule world cyclo-cross championship

'Awesome': Orillia sisters rule world cyclo-cross championship

Isabella Holmgren finished in first place, while her sister, Ava, was second at the world championship, earning first-ever medals for Canada
Terriers bump slump with pair of weekend victories

Terriers bump slump with pair of weekend victories

Reed Spinola stopped all 30 shots he faced Saturday night to backstop the Terriers to a 5-0 triumph over rival Midland
Orillia athlete makes history, wins World Cup event in France

Orillia athlete makes history, wins World Cup event in France

'It was a great day for the team from Orillia' as Ava Holmgren became the first Canadian to top the podium at a World Cup cyclocross event in Europe
Group asks city for $400K to create 'deeply affordable' housing

Group asks city for $400K to create 'deeply affordable' housing

Group behind transformation of post office is applying to Rapid Housing Initiative, but needs city funds; If successful, all 40 units would be maximum $434 per month
Trio of local athletes shine on world stage <b>(4 photos)</b>

Trio of local athletes shine on world stage (4 photos)

Ava Holmgren, Isabella Holmgren and Ian Ackert each had podium performances at series of international cyclocross events in Europe
Citizen pushed stretcher through snow to help person in distress

Citizen pushed stretcher through snow to help person in distress

'While the snow was a frustration for us, many saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate their goodwill and caring for their neighbours,' said Orillia fire official
Crews working 'around the clock' to clear city streets, sidewalks

Crews working 'around the clock' to clear city streets, sidewalks

Impact of 'significant weather event' is still being felt after brutal winter storm dropped almost 70 centimetres of snow on Christmas Day
<b>UPDATE:</b> Lone resident escaped Walker Ave. townhouse fire

UPDATE: Lone resident escaped Walker Ave. townhouse fire

Orillia Fire Department officials say the blaze was contained to one unit at the townhouse complex; investigation into cause will now begin
City plows resume work, but OPP asks people to stay off roads

City plows resume work, but OPP asks people to stay off roads

Christmas Day snowstorm has closed local highways and most city streets are virtually impassible due to 'extremely poor driving conditions,' says OPP
Terriers return to winner's circle, blank visiting Spartans 4-0

Terriers return to winner's circle, blank visiting Spartans 4-0

Orillia goaltender Reed Spinola was stellar in net, stopping all 38 shots to spark Terriers, who had lost five of six games heading into the contest