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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

Fund set up to help Orillia family whose life has 'turned upside down'

Fund set up to help Orillia family whose life has 'turned upside down'

Orillia's Rylee Dowling has been at SickKids Hospital in Toronto due to a rare form of Epilepsy; COVID means only one parent can be with baby girl
Mayor hopes new orders send message that 'this is serious'

Mayor hopes new orders send message that 'this is serious'

'I hope and believe our OPP would only use (new power to randomly stop people) if absolutely necessary,' says mayor of 'scary situation' Ontario is in
Operator of Brechin quarry fined after worker falls from catwalk

Operator of Brechin quarry fined after worker falls from catwalk

James Dick Construction has been fined $65,000; The catwalk 'had previously been identified as requiring maintenance,' notes court document
Operator of Brechin quarry fined $65K after worker falls from catwalk

Operator of Brechin quarry fined $65K after worker falls from catwalk

The catwalk 'had previously been identified as requiring maintenance,' notes court document
Operator of Brechin quarry fined after worker falls from catwalk

Operator of Brechin quarry fined after worker falls from catwalk

James Dick Construction has been fined $65,000; The catwalk 'had previously been identified as requiring maintenance,' notes court document
Nuclear medicine on hold at OSMH to make way for new CT Scanner

Nuclear medicine on hold at OSMH to make way for new CT Scanner

New CT Scanner is a 'significant upgrade on the current CT Scanner, and will provide enhanced image quality and faster turnaround times,' official says
Well-known Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Well-known Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Orillia OPP say Jim Wares, 65, was killed after the ultralight plane he was piloting plunged into frozen Lake Simcoe near Lagoon City
Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Orillia OPP say Jim Wares, 65, was killed after the ultralight plane he was piloting plunged into frozen Lake Simcoe near Lagoon City
Well-known Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Well-known Orillia businessman identified as victim in Ramara plane crash

Orillia OPP say Jim Wares, 65, was killed after the ultralight plane he was piloting plunged into frozen Lake Simcoe near Lagoon City
One year ago today, Orillia mayor declared state of emergency

One year ago today, Orillia mayor declared state of emergency

'The year that has followed has been one of the most challenging of our lifetime,' says Mayor Steve Clarke upon reflecting on a year of COVID-19