Meet Joe

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Councillor Joseph Persechini is serving in his first term as a Town Councillor with the Town of East Gwillimbury.

In 1975 he started a very successful fitness centre and managed it for 40 years growing it from 5000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, serving over 3000 members. In 1976 Joe initiated the 10-km Run/Walkathon for Easter Seals which over 40 years has raised more than $3 million to support physically disabled children and their families. He has a strong business management and community service background that will guide his decisions as he represents the residents of East Gwillimbury.

In this term of Council, Councillor Persechini will chair when Council deals with matters of Corporate Services. He is also the Council liaison to the Sharon Temple, the Accessibility Advisory Committee, the North Union Community Recreation Centre Committee and the Environmental Advisory Committee.

Councillor Persechini was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Award for community service in 1999 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. He has received many citations and awards for his outstanding community service in York Region including being the chair to the Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Fundraising campaign in 2005 that raised $1.8 million towards rebuilding the Whipper Billy Watson physiotherapy pool. Councillor Persechini also served on the York Region Police Services Board from 2004-2010, and spent the last 3 years as Vice-Chair. He lives in East Gwillimbury and is the proud father of Marla and Lana and four grandchildren, Ben, Emma, Sara and Brian. Joe lost his beloved wife of 46 years, Rosalie, in March 2015.

Message to Residents
“I am passionate about representing the residents of East Gwillimbury for the next four years to ensure that the Town continues to grow in a way that will be inclusive to newcomers and current residents equally.”


Joe’s Awards:

2005: 125th Anniversary Award, Community Volunteer Ambassador, presented by the Town of Newmarket

2005: Excellence in Community Service Award, presented by Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District

2003: Individual Distinguished Service Award, Easter Seal Society

2002: Queen’s Jubilee Medal

2000: Joe Persechini Drive, Newmarket, named in his honour

1999: Governor-General’s Caring Canadian Award

1998: Rotary Foundation Phil Harris Fellow Award

1997: Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Award

1993: Joe Persechini Park, Newmarket, named in his honour

1991: Honoured Member of Chamber of Commerce Hall of Distinction Award

1988: Newmarket’s Citizen of the Year

1985: Named as one of five Outstanding Young Canadians by Jaycees


(905) 715-9199


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