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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

Orillia hospital hires dozens of recently laid-off local employees to address staff shortage

Orillia hospital hires dozens of recently laid-off local employees to address staff shortage

OSMH reached out to City of Orillia, Casino Rama and Georgian College to temporarily hire 60 employees in what hospital calls 'impressive' community effort
Casino Rama shutting down at midnight Tuesday

Casino Rama shutting down at midnight Tuesday

'We understand that the closure is required at this time to work toward a healthy and safe community,' notes internal memo to casino employees
14 Orillia hospital workers terminated for violating vaccination policy

14 Orillia hospital workers terminated for violating vaccination policy

'The mandatory vaccination policy is a critical element of our strategy to keep team members and the community safe,' says spokesman
'Lesson learned': Orillia woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake <b>(3 photos)</b>

'Lesson learned': Orillia woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake (3 photos)

'I wasn’t about to stand there and watch her drown. I didn’t think of myself,' says dog owner who is sharing her story to ensure others stay safe
Public health officials call on province to take action to prevent legionella outbreaks

Public health officials call on province to take action to prevent legionella outbreaks

Board of health asks province to register all cooling towers 'as a first step toward improving the control of legionella' following outbreaks in Barrie, Orillia
New book chronicles Orillia's spirited battle with the Spanish Flu

New book chronicles Orillia's spirited battle with the Spanish Flu

Author and historian says there are many parallels to COVID-19, but notes 'big thinking is so much harder today' in our 'rubber stamp world'
Orillia's Colby Barlow selected to play for Team Canada

Orillia's Colby Barlow selected to play for Team Canada

'I’m super grateful for this opportunity,' says Orillia teen who was selected to play for Team Canada at the Capital City Challenge this winter
Burn victim Joe Philion, 'a hero,' dies in Vancouver hospital

Burn victim Joe Philion, 'a hero,' dies in Vancouver hospital

In 1988, Philion twice went into his family's burning Cumberland Beach home, suffering severe burns; He died Wednesday at age 48
Local athlete rides through mud, rain to capture national title

Local athlete rides through mud, rain to capture national title

Gunnar Holmgren won U23 men's title, while other local athletes also shone on national mountain-biking stage
Conservative candidate Adam Chambers wins in Simcoe North

Conservative candidate Adam Chambers wins in Simcoe North

Rookie candidate ensures Simcoe North will continue to be a Conservative stronghold