The Town of East Gwillimbury (EG) Council is comprised of seven members: the Mayor who is elected at large and six Ward Councillors.

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Council members

Mayor Virginia Hackson

Mayor Virginia Hackson

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext.3800

Virginia is the sixth mayor of East Gwillimbury since 1970, and the second woman to hold this position.

Virginia is passionate in her position of Mayor, understanding the importance of providing quality Town services for all citizens. The Town of East Gwillimbury was identified as one of Ontario's fastest growing municipalities under Ontario's “Places to Grow”. In response to this, Mayor Hackson utilizes her expertise and skills to balance growth while preserving the Town's natural environment and cultural heritage. It is under the strong leadership and direction of Mayor Hackson that the Town of East Gwillimbury is proud to have a strong financial position, with the lowest relative taxes in York Region, while also being a debt-free municipality.

Mayor Hackson represents the Town on York Region Council and is a member both the Region’s Broadband Strategy and Senior’s Housing Strategy Task Forces. In addition, Virginia is a member of the Board for Housing York Region, Cedar Centre, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, and Royal Oak Seniors Board. Mayor Hackson served on the York Regional Police Services Board for nine years. She was appointed in 2012 and served as Chair of the Board from 2017 to 2021, when her appointed term ended. 

Virginia has been recognized for her significant contributions to the community including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to community service, In Celebration of Women Award, as well as the Rural Government Award.

Prior to Mayor Hackson choosing a career in municipal politics, she spent 30 years in municipal management. It was upon her retirement that she turned her focus to community service and in 2001 was elected as Town Councillor and proceeded to serve three terms. She then successfully pursued the position of Mayor in 2010 and is currently in her third term as Mayor of East Gwillimbury.

Virginia is a lifelong learner, committed to continuous improvement through personal growth. She holds a BA from the University of Waterloo, as well as a B.Ed, a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Management from York University and a Recreation Diploma from Conestoga College.

Ward 1

Councillor Loralea Carruthers

Councillor Loralea Carruthers

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3808

Councillor Loralea Carruthers has represented constituents in East Gwillimbury since 2003, first as our Public School Board Trustee and now as Councillor for Ward One.

As Chair of the Public School Board, she was widely praised for her leadership in putting the board back on track, including winning a Human Rights Award for her leadership. Councillor Carruthers is also a former Vice-President of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, where she represented all Ontario public school boards in the 2008 salary negotiations with the teachers' unions and the Ontario Government.

Loralea is an environmental and consumer activist, including having worked as a consumer advocate for new homeowners on the Tarion Home Warranty Board, serving as a Director and Chair of the Consumer Committee.  

Prior to entering politics, Councillor Carruthers was an advertising executive handling multi-million-dollar accounts as a media supervisor, manager, and lead negotiator for major clients. 

Living in rural Holland Landing for the past 25 years, Loralea has been actively involved in our community volunteering in various capacities including the East Gwillimbury Public Library Board and the East Gwillimbury Environmental Advisory Committee.  

Councillor Carruthers is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French, earned a Master's of Education degree in Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

As a trained Mediator, Councillor Carruthers has received an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from University of Windsor Faculty of Law and is an approved member of the ADR Institute of Ontario.

Loralea is a proud mom of two adult children and a trained silversmith which she practices as a hobby. 

Message to residents

As our town grows, my priority will always be balancing our quality of life with affordability. That means working to keep our taxes low while not sacrificing the programs and services that makes EG a great place to live. I continue to work hard to earn your confidence and serve our community openly and responsively. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your comments, ideas, and concerns. I look forward to serving you. 

Councillor Terry Foster

Councillor Terry Foster

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3806

Terry is a lifelong resident of Holland Landing and is proud to call East Gwillimbury home.

Terry is married to Patti, and they have two sons, Ryan and Jordan.

Having spent 35+ years with East Gwillimbury Emergency Services, Terry retired in 2016. As both a part time/paid on call and career firefighter Terry served in many roles- Firefighter, Captain, Senior Command Officer, District Chief and Training Officer.

Terry also spent 20 years in the automotive collision industry as an Assistant Manager and a Damage Appraiser.

Throughout his different careers, Terry maintained a strong relationship with customers and the people he served showing a strong commitment to customer and public service.

Over the years, Terry has been involved with many community efforts, EG Think Rink Committee, teaching fire safety for Red Cross Babysitting courses in East Gwillimbury, many fundraising ventures supporting Southlake Regional Health Centre, Muscular Dystrophy, Myoblast for Muscular Dystrophy, MS, Lupus, sponsorships for local minor sports teams to name a few.

East Gwillimbury should be the best of both worlds, as a place to live, raise a family, work and play.

After many years of public service, Terry looks forward to serving the people of Ward One and all of East Gwillimbury during his term as a Town Councillor.     

Ward 2

Councillor Tara Roy-DiClemente

Councillor Tara Roy-DiClemente

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3803

Councillor Tara Roy-DiClemente is an experienced business professional and leader. She started her career as an insurance company manager. She then moved to the publishing industry, where she worked in editorial, sales, distribution, and product management for Canadian and international publishers. Passionate about strategic, innovative business practices, she is proud to put her local, national, and international business and leadership expertise to work for the residents of East Gwillimbury.

Having been responsible for multi-million-dollar sales and marketing portfolios, she has worked with large multinational firms like Disney, and bestselling authors such as James Patterson and Gordon Ramsay. With strong experience working with independent businesses as well as national retailers across North America, she understands the pressures business owners face in a challenging marketplace. 

Councillor Tara was first elected to East Gwillimbury Council in 2010, after having volunteered in the community. During her time in office, she has served as liaison to several town committees, as well as worked on a provincial task force for Economic Development.  She has been a Public Library Board Trustee and served on the Board of the E.G. Chamber of Commerce. She also chaired 3 key Town departments: Corporate & Financial Services, Community Infrastructure & Environmental Services and Community Parks, Recreation & Culture.  She has championed initiatives such as the new Health & Active Living Plaza in Queensville, and our Thinking Green Development Standards‎.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Publishing from Ryerson, and a Certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. She is also a licensed real estate sales representative with Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. Her husband Michael is a teacher with the York Region District School Board, and they are the proud parents of three children. 

Message to residents

I am proud and excited to have been elected for a third term to Council in East Gwillimbury! As we grow together, I want to help shape a Town we will all be proud of. I will continue to represent you with energy, creativity, professionalism, and integrity. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. 

One of the things I have committed to doing for the residents of East Gwillimbury was that I would always strive for transparency and accountability. I am therefore sharing the details of my 2021 Salary and Expenses. I welcome any comments or questions you may have.

Councillor Joe Persechini

Councillor Joe Persechini

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3801

Councillor Joe Persechini was elected to Council in 2014 and is currently serving his second term as a Town Councillor. 

Through his first term as Councillor, Joe was chair of the Corporate Service department and Council liaison to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, the North Union Community Recreation Centre Committee, Mount Albert Community Recreation Centre Committee, and the Environmental Advisory Committee. 

Through his second term as Councillor, Joe is Council Liaison to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Santa Claus Parade, and Queensville Sharon Community Group.

In 1975, Joe started a very successful fitness centre and managed it for 38 years growing it from 5000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, serving over 3000 members. In 1976, Joe started the 10-km Run/Walkathon for Easter Seals which over 38 years has raised nearly $4 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. 

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. In 1993 Joe Persechini had a park named in his honor by the Town of Newmarket. In 2000 Joe Persechini Drive was named in his honor by the Town of Newmarket. Councillor Persechini moved to East Gwillimbury in 2005 and is very proud to be part of this great community.   
Message to residents

I would like to thank the residents of Ward 2, for re-electing me to Town Council. I am passionate about representing all 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. I will continue to be a strong advocate for all residents and ensure your voice is heard in Council. 

Community Message from Councillor Persechini

At the September 7 Council meeting, Councillor Persechini thanked EG residents and Town staff for their support over the past two terms of Council. Read the full message or watch the Council meeting on the Town's YouTube Channel.

Ward 3

Councillor Scott Crone

Councillor Scott Crone

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3802

Scott Crone is serving his first term as Councillor for East Gwillimbury.

Scott has twenty years of corporate business experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and as a member of the executive team, shared responsibility for nearly half a billion dollars in capital and assets.  Scott gained his corporate experience in the insurance industry. He started as an insurance agent and eventually worked his way up to Vice President of Underwriting & Distribution. In his roles he was responsible for business development, marketing, and profitable risk selection.  

Born and raised in Mount Albert, Scott has called East Gwillimbury home for most of his life. Scott grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work and community service early in life. His family goes back six generations in East Gwillimbury. His work experience literally spans from Main Street to Bay Street.

Prior to his successful council run, Scott was instrumental in attracting the DUCA Credit Union to Mount Albert.

In his first term on Council, Scott looks forward to improving community safety, better access to highspeed internet and making East Gwillimbury an even better place to live.

Since 2016, Scott has been a volunteer board member for the Alzheimer's Society of York Region. He chairs their fund development committee. He has championed other local causes throughout the years.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys travel, movies, and volunteering for community organizations. Scott resides on the 9th Line, Mount Albert with his wife Saleena and daughter Kayla.

Councillor Cathy Morton

Councillor Cathy Morton

Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 3804

Councillor Cathy Morton was born and raised in East Gwillimbury and continues to enjoy living here. Her family consisting of daughters Karen, her children Madison and Lauren and Kristine, husband Scott and their children Emma and Nolan all continue to enjoy having their home here as well.  She enjoys having her grandchildren so close and spending time with them. 

Councillor Morton was first elected to the Council of the Town of East Gwillimbury in 2000 until 2015. She served on many town committees as well as Chairing several Departments. Councillor Morton strongly believes that the most important job of Council is to represent the people and make good policies which in the end will ensure that all residents are treated fairly. 

Cathy has been recognized over the years for her outstanding contributions to our community being presented with three (3) Queen's Jubilee Medals, Municipal Government Award – Volunteer of the Year and the Award of Excellence for Fighting Crime by the Ontario Crime Central Commission. She continues to devote her spare time to the Royal Canadian Legion, Mount Albert Village Association and as Chair of this Committee is excited about the Mount Albert Downtown Revitalization.

Cathy's Town Committees include the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Heritage Committee, East Gwillimbury Seniors, and the Road Watch Committee.   

After four years being away from the Municipality, she was encouraged to run for the position of Councillor once again.

Message to residents

I look forward to once again representing you, our residents throughout our community. East Gwillimbury is a wonderful place to live, work and play and most certainly to raise your children.  

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Gina Casey

Email the Executive Assistant to Mayor & Council  
Phone: 905-478-4283 ext. 1276