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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.

Email
dave@orilliamatters.com

Recent Work by Dave

'Eggciting' discovery: Area woman's chicken lays rare round egg

'Eggciting' discovery: Area woman's chicken lays rare round egg

'At first, I thought it was a ball the dog found. When I picked it up, I realized — to my surprise — it was an egg,' said Washago woman
Area youth battles to bronze medal at World Cup in Calgary

Area youth battles to bronze medal at World Cup in Calgary

The 12-year-old suffered a devastating injury that took away his chance for gold but he was 'excited to take the podium' at the international event
Mike Dodd to be inducted into Midland Sports Hall of Fame

Mike Dodd to be inducted into Midland Sports Hall of Fame

Longtime local sports writer was 'a media champion for local sports and the people who played and supported them' and 'truly merits' spot in sports shrine
Cancellation of shuttle fuels anger for Casino Rama employees

Cancellation of shuttle fuels anger for Casino Rama employees

Union official says decision 'has a negative impact' on some employees, while Gateway official says 'program was no longer viable and cost efficient'
'Very sad': Local Green Party candidate's signs defaced

'Very sad': Local Green Party candidate's signs defaced

'I stand with you against racist hate and misogyny,' says Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner after sign at Krystal Brooks' home was defaced
OPP investigating swastikas at downtown Orillia construction site

OPP investigating swastikas at downtown Orillia construction site

'It's offensive. We don't need that kind of image in our neighbourhoods or in our town,' says OPP officer, who stressed detachment is taking probe 'very seriously'
Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles <b>(UPDATE: SIU seeks witnesses)</b>

Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles (UPDATE: SIU seeks witnesses)

The incident began with a break and enter in Huntsville and culminated in a death early this morning in Orillia; SIU has invoked its mandate due to police involvement
Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles and a deadly crash

Man killed after wild pursuit involving spike belt, stolen vehicles and a deadly crash

The incident began with a break and enter in Huntsville and culminated in a death early this morning in Orillia; SIU has invoked its mandate due to police involvement
Orillia hospital hires dozens of recently laid-off workers to address critical staff shortage

Orillia hospital hires dozens of recently laid-off workers to address critical 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 will be shutting down at midnight Tuesday

Casino Rama will be 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 Rama employees