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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

'Lesson learned': Woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake <b>(3 photos)</b>

'Lesson learned': Woman feels lucky to be alive after saving dog from icy lake (3 photos)

'I wasn’t about to stand there and watch her drown. I didn’t think of myself,' says dog owner who is sharing her story to ensure others stay safe
Tenants 'lost everything' in 'frightening' triplex fire <b>(3 photos)</b>

Tenants 'lost everything' in 'frightening' triplex fire (3 photos)

Gofundme accounts have been set up to assist the three uninsured tenants; 'I’m just thankful that everyone was able to get out. That’s what’s important,' says tenant
Health officials call on province to act to curb legionella outbreaks

Health officials call on province to act to curb legionella outbreaks

Orillia mayor applauds SMDHU decision to 'take the lead in calling for a province-wide mandatory cooling tower registry,' saying it's a 'meaningful first step'
New book chronicles Orillia's spirited battle with the Spanish Flu

New book chronicles Orillia's spirited battle with the Spanish Flu

Local author and historian Dave Town says there are many parallels to COVID-19, but notes 'big thinking is so much harder today' in our 'rubber stamp world'
Burn victim Joe Philion, 'a hero,' dies in Vancouver hospital

Burn victim Joe Philion, 'a hero,' dies in Vancouver hospital

In 1988, Philion went into his family's burning Cumberland Beach home twice and suffered severe burns; 'To me, he is still a hero,' says Liz Bayev
Local athlete rides through mud, rain to capture national title

Local athlete rides through mud, rain to capture national title

Gunnar Holmgren won U23 men's title, while other local athletes also shone on national mountain-biking stage
<b>BREAKING NEWS:</b> Adam Chambers wins Simcoe North

BREAKING NEWS: Adam Chambers wins Simcoe North

With more than 55% of the votes counted, the rookie candidate ensures Simcoe North will continue to be a Conservative stronghold
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
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