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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

We shut off the comments on InnisfilToday. Here's why

We shut off the comments on InnisfilToday. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
We shut off the comments on CollingwoodToday. Here's why

We shut off the comments on CollingwoodToday. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
We shut off the comments on BradfordToday. Here's why

We shut off the comments on BradfordToday. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
We shut off the comments on MidlandToday. Here's why

We shut off the comments on MidlandToday. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
We shut off the comments on OrilliaMatters. Here's why

We shut off the comments on OrilliaMatters. Here's why

This was not an easy decision as we strive to provide a variety of viewpoints but the comment section was no longer a safe or a sane place
OPP identify victim from Tuesday's fatal fire in Gravenhurst

OPP identify victim from Tuesday's fatal fire in Gravenhurst

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help support the family of the 50-year-old woman who died in the early-morning blaze
Orillia 4 Democracy to host all-candidates forum Thursday

Orillia 4 Democracy to host all-candidates forum Thursday

'The critical element is that the voters have a chance to see their candidates since door-to-door and meetings are restricted,' said organizer of event
Fund established to help local family in wake of tubing tragedy

Fund established to help local family in wake of tubing tragedy

Douglas Coppin, 35, died during family vacation up north; He and his wife were 'soul mates, best friends, goal setters, and each other’s everything'
Fund established to help local family in wake of tubing tragedy

Fund established to help local family in wake of tubing tragedy

Douglas Coppin, 35, died during family vacation up north; He and his wife were 'soul mates, best friends, goal setters, and each other’s everything'
NDP, Greens announce candidates for upcoming federal election

NDP, Greens announce candidates for upcoming federal election

School teacher Janet-Lynne Durnford will be carrying the NDP banner locally, while Rama's Krystal Brooks will be representing the Green Party