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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

Elgin Street development will boast unconventional, modular approach

Elgin Street development will boast unconventional, modular approach

Owner of VIllage Inn has partnered with developer to create 27 affordable housing units; Modular approach will help address 'desperate' need for affordable housing
Flooding shuts down Queen Street; More rain on the way

Flooding shuts down Queen Street; More rain on the way

Environment Canada has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning; Already, almost 36 millimetres of rain has fallen
Health unit warns Orillia to prepare for increased funding request

Health unit warns Orillia to prepare for increased funding request

Provincial downloading could raise city's annual share from $396,000 to $528,000; 'The board acknowledges this is a substantial increase in its levy'
Health unit warns city to prepare for increased funding request

Health unit warns city to prepare for increased funding request

Provincial downloading could raise city's annual share from $396,000 to $528,000; 'The board acknowledges this is a substantial increase in its levy'
Hundreds of athletes go for gold at Orillia Triathlon <b>(14 photos)</b>

Hundreds of athletes go for gold at Orillia Triathlon (14 photos)

Thornhill's Frank Sorbara successfully defended his title at Orillia event; Overall, more than 600 athletes competed in various age groups, races Sunday
Council opts to set up reserve to fund potential new hospital

Council opts to set up reserve to fund potential new hospital

Councillors will determine amount during budget deliberations; Mayor said it's 'forward-thinking and progressive' idea
Rooftop solar project at recreation centre remains up in the air

Rooftop solar project at recreation centre remains up in the air

Council opted to delay decision, referred plan to budget deliberations; 'Doing it a year from now will be no less of a statement,' says Emond
Council expects 'amazing things' from new youth senate

Council expects 'amazing things' from new youth senate

Eleven local youth agree to serve on new Orillia Sunshine Youth Senate; 'I think they are going to be a real welcome addition to the city,' says councillor
Developer has plans for new apartment buildings on Elgin Street

Developer has plans for new apartment buildings on Elgin Street

Northern Shield Development Corp. says units will be 'affordable housing'; Developer is looking for permission for fewer parking spaces than is normal
City on hook for higher-than-expected roof repair at Metro

City on hook for higher-than-expected roof repair at Metro

Council committee agreed to expand budget by $60,000, which may not be required; Investment will 'increase the value of the property,' says city staffer