LETTER: MLA John van Dongen served his constituency

I have been fortunate, as so many of you have in this province, to have known John for many years ...

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Re: Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen (who lost his seat in the May 14 election.)

I have been fortunate, as so many of you have in this province, to have known John for many years – as an MLA, a cabinet minister and as a genuinely good person.

Whenever you needed to talk to John, he was there.

In my capacity, it was usually about agriculture and farmers in this province.

He never wavered in his support of our farming communities, and everyone in agriculture can attest to his commitment to them.

As an MLA, whenever he was invited to an event in his constituency, he would make every effort to be there, even moving around his schedule to support a local cause or event.

John did this because what was important to you was important to him.

John van Dongen lived the life of a public servant for 18 years. Eighteen years of unwavering support of his constituents and the province.

Everything John did was because he took his responsibility to serve seriously and because he cared.

I won’t forget what John has done to support the community and province he so willingly served.

I thank him most sincerely for his service to the people of this province.

Thank you, John!

G. Auston, Mission