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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

Today is the day! Make sure to cast your ballots

Today is the day! Make sure to cast your ballots

City offering free Election Express bus all day; polls open until 8 p.m.
Heitzner coming home to play for Terriers

Heitzner coming home to play for Terriers

Former Barrie Colt forward opts to walk away from OHL; 'I'm hoping to find that enjoyment of the game again'
Heitzner coming home to play for Terriers

Heitzner coming home to play for Terriers

Former Barrie Colt forward opts to walk away from OHL; 'I'm hoping to find that enjoyment of the game again'
Proceeds from custom-designed poppy art will benefit local Legion

Proceeds from custom-designed poppy art will benefit local Legion

Christina Hartwick has created beautiful sculpture, wire poppies and memorial piece; 'We want (veterans and their families) to feel our love'
Ainsworth's controversial Facebook post criticized

Ainsworth's controversial Facebook post criticized

Lakehead professor says Ainsworth's post is not an 'endorsement of him in the 2018 elections'
Child's cancer diagnosis leaves local family reeling

Child's cancer diagnosis leaves local family reeling

Rowan Wiita has rare, aggressive form of cancer; friends rallying support for Oro-Medonte family
Active senior still recovering after horrific cycling crash

Active senior still recovering after horrific cycling crash

Ann Budge was struck by a bus in 2015; 'If I wasn't fit and healthy ... I never would have made it back home'
Child's cancer diagnosis leaves local family reeling

Child's cancer diagnosis leaves local family reeling

Rowan Wiita has rare, aggressive form of cancer; friends rallying support for Oro-Medonte family
Near-record numbers cast ballots at advance votes

Near-record numbers cast ballots at advance votes

Today is the third of five advance votes; You can vote at City Centre from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Hundreds of students compete at Area 2 cross-country championship <b>(9 photos)</b>

Hundreds of students compete at Area 2 cross-country championship (9 photos)

Top performers will compete at Simcoe County championship next week