Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MPP: John Vanthof - Timiskaming & Cochrane

Thank You, Lord for MPP John Vanthof and his service to the people of Ontario. We pray that Your hand would continue to guide his life and bless his work. Make him aware of those who genuinely need his help and enable him to contribute to their well-being. Give him the strength and endurance he needs and let him know that his efforts are appreciated. Bless the riding of Timiskaming - Cochrane, and bless Grant’s wife Kelly, their three children and three grandchildren with health and wholeness and may they be aware of Your presence in their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

John and his wife Ria have owned and operated a dairy and crop farm outside of Earlton Ontario since 1984. He was elected in Oct 2011 to represent the riding of Timiskaming Cochrane.

The Vanthofs have four children, three of whom are currently in university.

John’s public service career started with his election to the Temiskaming Dairy Producer Committee on which he has served for over twenty years including several years as Chairman. In 2004, John was elected for a term to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. John was DFO Director when Thornloe Cheese was threatened with closure and played a key role in its rebirth.

John also served on municipal council for twelve years, but he is most widely recognized for his ten year term as President of the Temiskaming Federation of Agriculture. During that time, the Federation represented the agricultural community in some key issues most notably the Adams Mine Landfill debate. The critical analysis of the Ministry of Environment’s approval, commissioned by the Federation, was one of the catalysts that stopped the project.

John was a member of the Board of Directors for the 2009 International Plowing Match. His main responsibility was the student educational program for the Match. He also sat on the Board of the Englehart and District Hospital, and the fundraising committee for the Englehart Family Health Clinic and was vice chair of the Temiskaming Foundation.

His hobbies include riding his motorcycle and avoiding rocks on Lake Wendigo.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MPP: Lisa Thompson - Huron Bruce

Father, we thank You for MPP Lisa Thompson and the experience she has had in the public sector. Thank you for her efforts to seek to improve the quality of life for Ontario residents. Continue to encourage her as she seeks to bring about changes that are important to her. May she also find the time to be revitalized and refreshed by her relationship with family and friends. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Lisa is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce and was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in  2011 and was re-elected in 2014.  She is currently the Progressive Conservative Critic for Environment & Climate Change.

Lisa was born in Wingham and resided in East Wawanosh which is located in Huron County until she left for the University of Guelph, where she studied and has a degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics.

Most recently, Lisa served as the General Manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative (ODGC). Lisa successfully negotiated the amalgamation of two organizations in 2005, which allowed the ODGC to evolve from a regional operation into a provincial cooperative with it’s headquarters based in Teeswater, and provides local employment and access to markets for the dairy goat industry. In the six years with the ODGC, Lisa worked to improve the relationship between producers and processors, and turned the cooperative into a multi-million dollar business venture.

Lisa’s professional highlights also include her time as a Rural Community Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 6; and the George Morris Executive Development Program.

Lisa is a strong supporter and has been involved with many community and agricultural organizations. She has served as an Ontario 4-H Foundation Trustee; Ontario 4-H Foundation Chair of the Board; Chair of the International Goat Symposium; Vice-Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.; and choreographer and caller for Team Farmall, a set of square dancing tractors that travel the province providing entertainment at fall fairs and special events.

As a youth, Lisa always had a keen interest in provincial politics and has been an active volunteer for Huron-Bruce for many years.

Lisa resides in Teeswater with her husband Dennis, and are the proud parents to three step-children. Lisa enjoys spending time working with her family on the farm, skiiing, curling, cheering on local sports teams and spending time at Bruce Beach.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MPP: Glenn Thibeault - Sudbury

Lord, surround MPP Glenn Thibeault today and in the coming days with Your wisdom and guidance. May his thoughts and plans be established by You. Give him the ability to discern what is of real value. May he be filled with compassion and be aware of the needs of the people in his constituency and how to meet them. Bless his family members and may love and faithfulness never leave them. May they win favour and a good name with all people. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Glen Thibeault has represented the riding of Sudbury since February 05, 2015. He is currently Minister of Energy ana Member, Standing Committee on Estimates. Prior to that he has been Parliamentry Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Member, Standing Committee on Social Policy.

He also represented Sudbury in Parliament; was a Director of the United Way; and a Big Brother and involved with minor Sports in the Sudbury area.

He is a graduate of Cambrian College and lives with wife Yolanda and two daughters.

Glenn is a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.

Friday, August 19, 2016

MPP: Monique Taylor - Hamilton Mountain

Heavenly Father we thank you for the blessing of freedom we enjoy in this nation and province. Forgive us for taking our freedoms for granted. We ask today that your blessing would be upon Monique Taylor and the riding of Hamilton Mountain. We pray that she would know your strength, wisdom and provision. Amen.

Monique Taylor is the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Hamilton Mountain.  She was elected on October 6th, 2011.

Prior to her election, Monique worked as an assistant to Scott Duvall, City Councillor for Ward 7 on Hamilton Mountain.  This work, in addition to her own personal experiences, brought Monique face to face with the issues, challenges, and struggles faced by the people of Hamilton.

During this time, Monique was also a key member of the campaign to save the McMaster Emergency room.

Monique has always focused her work on ways in which the provincial government needs to step up for the people of Hamilton and Ontario, a focus that continues in her work at Queen’s Park.

A graduate of the Toronto School of Business, an experienced hospitality worker, and a long-time community activist, Monique Taylor is determined to fight to make life more affordable for the people of Hamilton.

Monique is a Member, Standing Committee on Justice Policy and Critic, Children and Youth Services. She has been Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Estimates; Member, Select Committee on Developmental Services; and Member, Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

She is a member of the New Democratic Party of Ontario.