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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.

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dave@orilliamatters.com

Recent Work by Dave

'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
'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'