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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

Lakehead student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay <b>(22 photos)</b>

Lakehead student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay (22 photos)

'From the moment I stepped out of the car, it felt eerie, and as it grew darker, I felt an inexplicable presence and haunting,' says Lakehead student
Orillia student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay <b>(22 photos)</b>

Orillia student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay (22 photos)

'From the moment I stepped out of the car, it felt eerie, and as it grew darker, I felt an inexplicable presence and haunting,' says Lakehead student
Orillia student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay <b>(22 photos)</b>

Orillia student captures 'haunting' HRC in photo essay (22 photos)

'From the moment I stepped out of the car, it felt eerie, and as it grew darker, I felt an inexplicable presence and haunting,' says Lakehead student
City wins Court of Appeal ruling against Metro, ending legal battle

City wins Court of Appeal ruling against Metro, ending legal battle

'This decision is welcome as it provides clarity for both the city and the waterfront development proponents,' notes staff report to city councillors
Skate park fencing, barricades, no-entry signs thrown into lake

Skate park fencing, barricades, no-entry signs thrown into lake

There have been several issues since provincial orders shut down skate park; Orillia OPP plan to step up enforcement in the area
Maskless protesters rally in downtown Orillia

Maskless protesters rally in downtown Orillia

Group gathered in front of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop's office before marching toward the downtown core, chanting and waving placards
Maskless protesters rally in Orillia

Maskless protesters rally in Orillia

Group gathered in front of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop's office before marching toward the downtown core, chanting and waving placards
Maskless protesters rally in Orillia

Maskless protesters rally in Orillia

Group gathered in front of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop's office before marching toward downtown, chanting and waving placards
<b>BREAKING NEWS:</b> Maskless protesters rally in downtown

BREAKING NEWS: Maskless protesters rally in downtown

Group gathered in front of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop's office before marching toward the downtown core, chanting and waving placards
Fund set up to help Orillia family whose life has 'turned upside down'

Fund set up to help Orillia family whose life has 'turned upside down'

Orillia's Rylee Dowling has been at SickKids Hospital in Toronto due to a rare form of Epilepsy; COVID means only one parent can be with baby girl