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.

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