In addition to a successful business career, Joe Preston has an impressive track record of community involvement in the Elgin-Middlesex-London Riding, particularly with the voluntary sector.
With United Way, he showed leadership during two terms as Campaign Chair, both million-dollar campaigns. He then served six years on its Board of Directors and rose to president of that organization.
He's been Chair of the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board and a Task Force Member of the St. Thomas Community Improvement Plan Task Force.
Committed to ongoing community improvement, Joe has been active as a Steering Committee Director for Communities in Bloom and was Community Involvement Chair when St. Thomas was declared a National Champion in 2003.
Following through on his dual interests in business and community involvement, in 2000-2002 Joe Preston chaired the Board of Directors of one of Canada's most successful Chambers of Commerce in St. Thomas and District.
He is currently President-Elect of the St. Thomas Kiwanis Club, and a Member of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Fundraising Cabinet.
Recently, Joe has been involved in local media as host and moderator of "Politically Speaking", a Rogers Cable live phone-in television program.
Joe Preston doesn't just talk about Youth. Like everything else he does, he gets involved.
As a committed United Way Director, he launched a local Day of Caring, matching high-school volunteers with community projects to assist non-profit organizations.
He has been a long-time Board member of the local Youth Employment Counselling Centre, is Past President and currently Treasurer of that organization and has been active in trying to secure a new Youth Centre for the area.
Committed to youth sports, Joe is Vice President of the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B Hockey Club and he lends his distinctive voice to the arena when he assumes the role of Game Announcer for home games.
Joe Preston, 16 Mulberry Lane, St.Thomas ON N5R 6J6.
His website is: www.joepreston.ca