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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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Recent Work by Dave

Barrie man's family files $3.25M lawsuit over deadly legionella outbreak

Barrie man's family files $3.25M lawsuit over deadly legionella outbreak

David Palmer's family alleges his 'injuries and death were caused solely by the negligence' of the City of Orillia and its contractors following outbreak traced back to Rotary Place
'Sad day for Orillia': Family, community mourn six-year-old girl

'Sad day for Orillia': Family, community mourn six-year-old girl

Candlelight vigil planned for Monday; fundraiser started for family following young girl's death in downtown Orillia crash
Brothers injured in Oro-Medonte crash face long road to recovery

Brothers injured in Oro-Medonte crash face long road to recovery

GoFundMe set up to support Coldwater family; younger brother suffered traumatic brain injury in New Year's Eve crash
Orillia Jr. B. Kings have high hopes for upcoming lacrosse season

Orillia Jr. B. Kings have high hopes for upcoming lacrosse season

Meeting room filled with players from Orilla, Barrie, Midland and Huntsville as team's braintrust envisions 'very competitive' training camp
Local author 'thrilled' to be in Chicken Soup for Soul Christmas book

Local author 'thrilled' to be in Chicken Soup for Soul Christmas book

Evelyn Pollock's story was inspired by her experience ringing bells for Salvation Army at Orillia Square; 'It's an honour to be a Chicken Soup author'
Fundraiser launched to aid homicide victim's 'devastated family'

Fundraiser launched to aid homicide victim's 'devastated family'

Fabian Crawford found dead inside Washago-area home Nov. 11; family friend has started GoFundMe account in support of his daughters
Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Orillia's Christmas tree-lighting fiasco

Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Orillia's Christmas tree-lighting fiasco

'It's so embarrassing for all of us. Imagine we hit the news in the U.S,' says commenter after tree lighting ridiculed on American television
Oh, Christmas tree! Orillia's tree lighting 'very disappointing'

Oh, Christmas tree! Orillia's tree lighting 'very disappointing'

Variety of factors led to underwhelming ceremony on Friday night, officials say after video of ceremony goes viral
Ramara homicide an 'isolated incident,' says OPP

Ramara homicide an 'isolated incident,' says OPP

Very few details being released as investigation into man's death continues in Washago area
Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

Local athletes golden at Pan American Cyclocross Championship

'Teamwork, attention to detail, and love of the process has proven to be a winning combination,' says coach of two golds and one silver
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