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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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Recent Work by Dave

Barlow, student of game, wins CHL Scholastic Player of Year Award

Barlow, student of game, wins CHL Scholastic Player of Year Award

'It's pretty special. It's a pretty special award to win and to be the first (from the Attack) to win it is pretty cool,' said Orillia teen who is eagerly waiting NHL draft
Casino Rama set to reopen Tuesday following ransomware attack

Casino Rama set to reopen Tuesday following ransomware attack

Casino Rama is the last of 14 properties operated by Gateway to reopen after they were suddenly closed on April 16
'Heart of Canada': Tributes pour in for Gordon Lightfoot

'Heart of Canada': Tributes pour in for Gordon Lightfoot

'The world lost one of its great storytellers yesterday. Canada lost part of itself,' said actor Kiefer Sutherland, one of many who paid homage to Orillia's Gordon Lightfoot
<b>BREAKING:</b> Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot has died

BREAKING: Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot has died

'He will surely be missed by the Mariposa Folk Festival, by his beloved fans, by Orillia and the world,' said Mariposa Folk Festival official
Ransomware attack: Casino Rama could re-open later this week

Ransomware attack: Casino Rama could re-open later this week

'We anticipate reopening using a phased approach later this week,' said Gateway official, adding 'it has not been determined which sites will reopen first'
Cyber attack will keep Casino Rama closed throughout weekend

Cyber attack will keep Casino Rama closed throughout weekend

Official could not put dollar figure on impact of shutdown and could not provide details of what needs to be done to restore IT system
Gateway casinos to remain closed after cyber attack: officials

Gateway casinos to remain closed after cyber attack: officials

'At this point, we do not have any information indicating that this incident involves any compromise of personal data,' notes statement from operator of Casino Rama
'Health-related issues' force Lightfoot to cancel 2023 concerts

'Health-related issues' force Lightfoot to cancel 2023 concerts

'We thank you for respecting his privacy as he continues to focus on his recovery,' says brief statement issued on his Facebook Page
'Difficult decision': Kubota closing one of its Orillia plants

'Difficult decision': Kubota closing one of its Orillia plants

'Increased material costs, transportation hikes and growing price gap with our competitors have hampered success,' says official; more than dozen employees impacted
Return of Orillia's Champlain monument deferred' by Parks Canada

Return of Orillia's Champlain monument deferred' by Parks Canada

'Right now I'm in the mode of listening to people, hearing what they have to say. I think bringing it back as it was before is not an option for me,' says Mayor Don McIsaac