Top priority is less fortunate
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Sep 25, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Top priority is less fortunate

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert

If successful in next month’s election, Dale Walters wants to be an advocate for the less fortunate in the community whose livelihoods are dependent on social assistance programs.

It’s a topic that Walters knows well. He has roommates on Ontario disability support and on more than one occasion he has opened his home to a young person who is struggling to make ends meet and needs a place to stay.

“I’ve seen too many people fall through the cracks (of the system),” the first-time council candidate said in an interview Monday.

He said Stratford is a relatively wealthy community, but too often it’s the rich who benefit from it, not the poor.

“I don’t like seeing people at the bottom of the list get kicked around and taken advantage of,” he added.

Walters would like more money directed towards affordable housing, and to also making sure that disabled individuals have living arrangements that meet their specific needs.

He’s would also like to see the police have a more positive relationship with young people in the community. He suggested that more officers patrol on bicycles and walk to work when possible so that they are meeting kids and young adults on the streets on a regular basis.

Walters is a motorcycle enthusiast - you may have spotted him downtown on his Harley Davidson with a sidecar – and he worked at the FRAM plant, where he helped organize a union, for 32 years before it closed. He’s now retired.

He described himself as a people person and someone who enjoys listening to people and lending a hand when he can.

“I care about people,” he said. “I think I can work with city council.”

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