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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

Orillia's Ron Reid one of just 5 Canadians to receive accolade

Orillia's Ron Reid one of just 5 Canadians to receive accolade

'I think Ron Reid has been one of the most important leaders in conservation in Ontario over the last 25 years or so,' say official of local legend in conservation circles
Gateway Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

Gateway Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

Unionized employees at Casino Rama “are livid” that Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the operator of the local gambling facility, will not be covering their benefits after April 30.
Local birthday girl feted by parade of honking cars, well-wishers

Local birthday girl feted by parade of honking cars, well-wishers

Pandemic puts kibosh on party but can't rain on little girl's parade; Lucy Goodman was all smiles as friends and neighbours ensured her special day was special
Local birthday girl feted by parade of honking cars, well-wishers

Local birthday girl feted by parade of honking cars, well-wishers

Pandemic puts kibosh on party but can't rain on little girl's parade; Lucy Goodman was all smiles as friends and neighbours ensured her special day was special
Confirmed COVID-19 cases rising; visits to Orillia assessment centre waning

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rising; visits to Orillia assessment centre waning

The province is reporting another 151 lab-confirmed cases today, which is the week's second-highest single-day increase
Orillia's Zehrs, Shoppers Drug Mart put out SOS for temporary help

Orillia's Zehrs, Shoppers Drug Mart put out SOS for temporary help

'If there are people looking to be employed and paid right now, maybe we can help each other out,' says human resources official
Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

March 15 memo from Gateway said benefits for Casino Rama employees would be covered 'for duration of closure'; Cutting benefits 'is ruthless,' says local union rep
Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

March 15 memo from Gateway said benefits for Casino Rama employees would be covered 'for duration of closure'; Cutting benefits 'is ruthless,' says local union rep
Lockdown, emergency morgue among 'worst-case' scenarios discussed at council meeting

Lockdown, emergency morgue among 'worst-case' scenarios discussed at council meeting

'This crisis is not going to get better for a while, it’s going to get worse,' warned the mayor; 'The restrictions will get tighter and tighter'
Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

Casino employees 'livid' to learn benefits will be cut off April 30

March 15 memo from Gateway said benefits for Casino Rama employees would be covered 'for duration of closure'; Cutting benefits 'is ruthless,' says local union rep