Heavenly Father it is truly a privilege to have the freedom to come before You in prayer and to pray for those that serve You in this province. We thank You, Father, for people like MLA: John van Dongen and his many years of dedicated service. Be with him and his family as we enter this New Year. Bless them with health and safety. We pray that as MLA van Dongen reflects on the year past and looks ahead to 2013 that you will fill him with renewed vision and commitment for the tasks you are continuing to call him to fulfill. In Jesus' name, Amen.
John van Dongen, one of the longest serving MLAs in the B.C. Legislature, has represented Abbotsford voters since 1995.
He was re-elected in 1996, 2001, and 2005 and began representing the new riding of Abbotsford South in the spring of 2009. During that time, he has held a variety of posts, including Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety, Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
John has called Abbotsford home for more than 30 years, and before his election to the Legislative Assembly operated his own successful dairy farm.
He was actively involved in farm organizations and business for 20 years, serving as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Dairyland and as a board member of Agrifoods International Co-operative (Dairyland), BC Dairy Foundation, BC Federation of Dairyman’s Association and the Federal Farm Debt Review Board.
John, the oldest of seven children, was born in Canada after his parents emigrated from Holland. He is the father to two adult sons and has two grandchildren. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia.