Arthur Bloomfield Dawson was born in Montreal on 5 January 1879. He attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, which trained YMCA employees. After he graduated in 1905, he worked as physical director of YMCA centres in Concord, NH; Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Marshalltown, Iowa; and Calgary, Alberta. From 1915 to 1923, Dawson was director of the YMCA in Halifax. Then he accepted a post in New London, Connecticut. He and his wife Mary, returned to Halifax in the late 1940s. Dawson was interested in playground work throughout his career and was a supervisor of playgrounds on the Central Commons, Halifax. His last position was acting director of recreation for the City of Halifax. He retired in 1957 and died in Halifax on 8 August 1968.
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