Heavenly Father, we thank you for MPP John Vanthof. We thank you for his many years of public service. We give you thanks for his continued passion in serving the people of Timiskaming-Cochrane. Lord, would you please give great favour to John. In Jesus’ name, we ask that you would clearly show John your great lovingkindness and that you would continue to draw him toward your purposes for him. In Jesus’ name, amen.
John and his wife Ria owned and operated a dairy farm just outside of Earlton from 1984 to 2012. John was first elected to represent Timiskaming—Cochrane in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. The Vanthofs have four children, two in University and two working in the North. John’s public service career started with his election to the Timiskaming Dairy Producer Committee which he served on 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 Timiskaming Federation of Agriculture.