Father in Heaven, thank you for John and those who help him daily. We bless John and pray for his protection, endurance, peace, and wisdom. Help him to know you are an ever present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) We ask that you give him strength when he is tired We pray that he would have your peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:6) May he also have wisdom and counsel to make good decisions. Thank you God! 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.