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Formerly a real estate sales representative, John is best known locally as the former owner-operator of Yakabuski’s Home Hardware in Barry’s Bay, which he operated for 20 years.

John is also known for his record of community service that has included service to the Royal Canadian Legion, Madawaska Valley Lions Club and the Boy Scouts. John has also sat on the steering committee of St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s Capital Equipment Campaign. He is also very active in his church, St. John’s Lutheran Augsburg.