Bob has been at the Mill since 2000. Bob was instrumental in saving the Mill and has now retired from active volunteering. He is a retired electrical engineer with 47 years R&D experience on large power generation equipment with GE Canada plus 12 years of consulting services, with a passion for old machinery that needs resurrection. A tree hugger, caretaker of 100 acres of reforestation who does acrylic painting and short story writing.
Jack has been a volunteer at Hope Mill since 2002. He is a retired Manufacturing Manager from GE Canada and has extensive experience in machine building and maintenance. Jack enjoys the challenges at the mill as well as the association and interaction with the restoration team. He makes and restores furniture at home with the help of his wife, Ann. Jack also like to fish and duck hunt.
Alex has been volunteering at the Mill since 2008. He is retired from Lakefield College School where he taught chemistry for 31 years. Alex works on the saw floor as well as the woodworking shop. He spends his time woodworking in his shop at home, travelling by plane, car and canoe with his wife, José.They also enjoy spending time with their two grand children.
Joe has been at the Mill since 2002 as the woodshop restoration man. He is a retired owner of a process equipment company. He has restored the workshop and now is building projects there made of Mill wood. He enjoys making Windsor chairs in his home workshop as well as fly fishing, fine food, and wine.
Dave joined the Hope Mill volunteer team in 2012, having recently retired from a 41-year career in engineering, 33 of which with GE Canada, Large Motors division. A professional Mechanical Engineer, he enjoys maintaining and operating mechanical equipment, and when not cottaging or enjoying the outdoors golfing or cross-country skiing, tinkers with all things electrical and mechanical. He is a neophyte model railroader.
James (Jamie) Crossley
Jamie started volunteering in 2012. He trained as a mechanical designer and during his working career has worked as plant manager and most recently travelling extensively as a Global Technical Service manager for a steel company. He has always had a passion for wood and music and since his retirement has been able to devote more time both playing and building custom electric guitars (when not with his granddaughters who he and his wife Barb describe as the two sweetest little girls on the planet).
Don worked for 38 years at Canadian General Electric in the field of industrial electronics (control equipment for paper mills, steel mills, ice breakers etc). He has spent many years volunteering 16 years as a volunteer firefighter and later sharing his time between Hope Mill and the Canadian Canoe Museum. His interests at the mill are working on the saw floor, the woodworking shop and helping with the mechanics on the main floor. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, riding his motorcycle and traveling with his wife, Mary.
Terry has been a volunteer at Hope Mill since 2002. He has worked in the physical restoration of the building, and as a sawyer, and with his wife, Sue, in the development of the Friends of Hope Mill. Previously, before retirement, he was involved in the administration of three independent schools and international education. Terry enjoys woodworking and carpentry in his shop at home, canoeing, camping, fly-fishing and travelling, as well as being an ardent supporter of theCanadianCanoeMuseum.
Ken has been at the Mill since 2002 and retired after 39 years at Canadian General Electric where he worked as a metrologist. He is the lead volunteer in the saw-room and is the main sawyer. His interests outside the Mill are woodworking and model railroading.
David started volunteering at the Mill in 2012 and is retired from the investment business. He is active on the saw floor as well as doing a variety of odd jobs around the Mill. He has a passion for old cars and old boats. He is also a volunteer at the Canadian Canoe Museum as well as being an avid reader.
Bill has been a volunteer at the Mill since 2001 and is a retired mechanical engineer. His interests at the Mill include machinery restoration maintenance and improvement. While not at the Mill he enjoys automotive maintenance, hiking and reading.
Wayne Hare has been a volunteer at the mill since 2015 after retiring from a 43 year career at General Electric Peterborough as a draftsman and engineering technician in Large Motors. Wayne and his wife Anne enjoy cottaging on Paudash Lake. Wayne is a dedicated Do It Yourself person having built a cottage in 1964 on Paudash Lake and enjoys woodworking, hunting, building furniture gardening and general repair work.
Ken is a former high school teacher who recently began helping at the Mill on the sawyer floor. Having spent his early formative years on a 1950’s era farm, Ken likes the nostalgic feeling of being back in the comfort of old, yet noble, machinery. He is a member of the local astronomy club, an improving birder, and still patiently waiting to chalk up a perfect 147 snooker game.
Jim started as a volunteer at Hope Mill in April of 2014 as soon as he retired after 31 is years at Quaker Oats/Pepsico in Peterborough. He has had a lifelong interest in the mill as a grandson of Jack Hope and having spent a lot of time growing up around the mill and river. He is currently the 5th generation owner of the Hope family home across the river from the mill.
John has been a volunteer at Hope Mill since the spring of 2018. He grew up on a dairy farm and for 50 years enjoyed carrying on the family farm in Cavan, Ontario. His love of the outdoors and animals continues to be his passion in retirement. Over the years he has trained a wide range of animals: cows, hunting dogs, show pigeons, oxen, and more recently horses. He currently enjoys driving his team of Morgan horses. His 4 grandchildren are a source of pride and joy. He and his wife Brenda hope to travel more in the future. At the Mill he can be found working on the saw floor, trimming and sprucing up the outside grounds or helping build fences. As a new member of the team he is inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of his fellow volunteers.
John Bird began volunteering at the Hope Mill in 2021 in homage to his father, who ran water- and steam-powered sawmills in Lakefield (Quebec), and Haliburton. A retired journalist, John is a side-country skier, wild-water swimmer, and amateur musician. He authored the coffee-table book, The Spirituality of Music, co-edited Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada, and has played on three CDs: SwingBridge (ukulele); The Toronto Banjo Band (banjo ukulele); and The Backwoodsmen (contrabass and soprano recorders, banjo ukulele, washboard). A father of three men and doting grandfather of three girls, he lives in Lakefield.
Dan Volman joined the Hope Mill team in 2021. After he retired from a
a career in teaching mostly elementary school he found more time for his many
pursuits which include cycling, photography, skiing, cooking, world travel, and building fine furniture in his self-built woodshop.
Don started volunteering at the Hope Mill in 2019. Asa retired construction worker, he really enjoys his Tuesdays at the Mill. According to him, there is nothing like the smell of fresh sawdust in the morning. In his off-hours, Don enjoys woodworking in his garage and renovation projects. He and his wife Gerrie spend the winters in Florida with the grandchildren.
Wendy Darby is a local history teacher and archivist. She enjoys working at the mill and getting to step back in time and experience the power of water. She also appreciates the opportunity to refine her woodworking skills and learn the secrets of a skill that takes patience and perseverance. She is honoured to be a part of the living history at the mill.
Catherine started volunteering at the Hope Mill in 2017 after her father, a fellow volunteer suggested she would be great to run the Hope Mill social media outlets. She has enjoyed learning new woodworking skills in our workshop and helping to keep the history of the Hope Mill alive! She is very impressed with the passion and enthusiasm all the volunteers have for the mill. When not at the mill she is busy with family, dogs, travel and boating.