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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

What will happen to Orillia YMCA building? Officials 'open to anything that makes sense'

What will happen to Orillia YMCA building? Officials 'open to anything that makes sense'

'Iā€™m hoping we can get creative and find a way for that building to stay part of the community,' says CEO, noting pandemic and new rec centre led to closure
Closure of Orillia's YMCA is 'a sad day,' says local historian <b>(4 photos)</b>

Closure of Orillia's YMCA is 'a sad day,' says local historian (4 photos)

'The Y has meant a lot to me in my life,' says Dave Town, who believes the community will 'miss it more than we know'
Charter Construction plans to fence off access to Toboggan Hill trails

Charter Construction plans to fence off access to Toboggan Hill trails

The purpose of the proposed fence is to reduce unauthorized access to the property, which has become a popular area for hikers, dog walkers and others
City council meetings will remain virtual sessions ā€” for now

City council meetings will remain virtual sessions ā€” for now

In-person council meetings are permitted but 'given limitations,' the health unit suggests continuing virtual meetings for the duration of the pandemic
City councillor makes push for bins for needles at local parks

City councillor makes push for bins for needles at local parks

Installing disposable bins in local parks 'could be a very meaningful way to help address the situation,' says Coun. Jay Fallis
Helicopter lands at Casino Rama, stirring up speculation

Helicopter lands at Casino Rama, stirring up speculation

Spokesperson for operator says investor was visiting to review reopening plans and discuss 'future potential' of Casino Rama
Helicopter lands at Casino Rama, stirring up speculation

Helicopter lands at Casino Rama, stirring up speculation

Spokesperson for operator says investor was visiting to review reopening plans and discuss 'future potential' of Casino Rama
New beach parking measures are 'effective,' city officials say

New beach parking measures are 'effective,' city officials say

The city issued 183 parking tickets last weekend; 'The city noticed a significant improvement throughout all of our waterfront parks this past weekend'
Ontario logs 137 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths

Ontario logs 137 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths

There are now six active cases in Northeastern Ontario, four in the area
There are 137 new COVID cases in Ontario today; 4 deaths reported

There are 137 new COVID cases in Ontario today; 4 deaths reported

The number of new cases is remaining relatively consistent; More than 26,000 tests were completed in Ontario over the last 24 hours