Over the past three years, he has been the volunteer President of the Overbrook Community Association, where he successfully advocated for a city-led youth strategy and a response plan to serious crime. During his tenure, the organization successfully raised $42,000 to hold a highly-acclaimed community musical that promoted social inclusion, while celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.
He is also a volunteer Board member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, a $1.6 million health and social services facility that serves Ottawa's east-end, and served as volunteer President of Gallery 101, a prominent Ottawa artist-run centre. To encourage more local educational options, he serves as a volunteer Board member at AlivEducation, an innovative and non-traditional evening and weekend after-school program for youth.
Educated in Ottawa, Rawlson holds both a Bachelor of Journalism (with concentration in Legal Studies), and a M.A. in Communication from Carleton University.
Recognized for his volunteer work, Rawlson won a 2018 United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award, conferred during National Volunteer Week.