Let us pray today for our member inTem-Cochrane. With all his experience and knowledge that he brings, Lord we pray that you would bless, refresh and renew his passion to serve. Lord give him wisdom from heaven, Father I pray that he would know You, depend on You for guidance in decisions, that he would acknowledge You and direct your path. Pour Your Spirit upon him and make Your word and truth known. Lord as he serves , take care of his family, may they all feel your love and keep them in Your loving care. We thank you for his commitment to make a difference in his area that he loves so much. Bless him Lord today we pray! Amen.
John Vanthof is a longtime community leader and representative of the agricultural community.
John’s public service career started with his election to the Timiskaming Dairy Producer Committee on which he has served for over twenty years, including several as Chairman. In 2004, John was elected for a term to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. He was 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 10-year term as President of the Timiskaming 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 has long given back to his community. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the 2009 International Plowing 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 Timiskaming Foundation.
You can count on John Vanthof, an experienced public representative with a track record of getting results, to provide leadership that delivers.
John and his wife, Ria, owned and operated a dairy and crop farm outside of Earlton from 1984 until 2012 and have four children. John’s hobbies include riding his motorcycle and avoiding rocks on Lake Wendigo.