Dalton's long lasting relationship with amateur sports started in the Fall of 1968. He coached the North Eamer's Corners Bantam team and later that season would also form a Bantam traveling team that is recognized as the first ever from Cornwall Township to be registered with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. In May 1969 Dalton was appointed to the Township of Cornwall Recreation Committee as Coordinator of the minor hockey program and would continue to serve on this committee as a member for twelve years, two as Chairman. In September 1969 he was appointed to the Minor Management Committee of the ODHA and served on this committee for three years. In 1972 the ODMHA was ratified by the ODHA and Dalton was appointed as First Vice President and would continue to serve as a director with both organizations until 1984.
While working on these various organizing committees, Dalton continued his volunteer work in South Stormont. In the fall of 1969 Dalton organized a Town Hall meeting to look at the future of minor hockey in the Township, as a result the Cornwall Township Minor Hockey Association was formed and Dalton was elected as the Founding President, a role that he would serve until 1972. In 1973, Dalton would shift his attention to the Junior level and was elected as the founding President of the Eastern Ontario Junior "C" Hockey League. Dalton continued to coach and manage numerous teams including the Cornwall Township Polaris of the Junior C League, the Long Sault Pats of the Junior B League, and finally the South Stormont Midget Rep team in the early 1990's.
Dalton was also recognized as one of the top referees in Eastern Ontario. In 1978 he earned his Level 4 Certification and would act as an instructor and supervisor for the National Referees Certification Program. Along with Referee-in-Chief duties at the local level, Dalton would assume the same position during the 1980 Canadian National Midget Championships, and again at the 1981 All-Ontario Bantam Championships.
Beyond the sport of hockey Dalton was also a promoter and builder of many other local minor sports, particularly on the soccer field. In 1971 he was elected as the founding President of the Char-Lan and District Minor Soccer Association, and in 1987 was a founding member of the Cornwall Blazers Soccer program.
From 1982 to 1995 Dalton has been recognized with several local, provincial, and national awards for his commitment and leadership in amateur sports
Dalton Gadbois accepting from George Gowsell.