Meet the Business Community ? Toolbelt Jobs Inc.

If you have been dreaming of that new redesigned bathroom, kitchen or living room, but haven?t been able to find the right person for the job, you?re in luck. Bob and Peter Mandeville have recently moved to Tumbler Ridge to start up a renovation business. This father and son duo have 25 and 30 years of experience, and can do it all from dry walling to custom cabinets. (No wiring, due to safety issues)

Bob moved here in June of last year. He and his wife Donna came from Vancouver to find some relaxation. They soon found out that life in Tumbler Ridge was exactly what they were looking for. Bob was a bus driver for the City of Vancouver for 35 years. When asked what it was like, he said ?I am a people person, so I enjoyed it, but you saw a lot of crazy stuff.? I asked him what kind of things, and he replied, ?Knife fights, drug addicts getting high, and I have been shot at twice?. He feels that it was a great experience, but loves his new position as a handyman. His favorite part about his new job is he does not have to get up at 3:30 in the morning. Bob is looking forward to doing some fishing this year and spending time with his family. He enjoys doing framing, and finds sanding mud very boring.

Peter has a passion for his job. For the last 13 years he has been traveling around BC learning the trade of a craftsman. When he was 25 he read a book on building log homes and was inspired to learn the art himself. So he left his home in Vancouver, and headed out to Hundred Mile House. After a few different attempts to get hired on with no experience, he finally landed a job in a custom cabinet shop. The rest is history. Peter has worked in many different types of carpentry and finishing businesses. His favorite hobby is to carve wood; making signs, sculptures etc. He moved to Tumbler Ridge recently from Edmonton, where he worked on a crew building houses. When asked why he moved to Tumbler Ridge, he replied ?My whole family is here now, and I would like to spend some time with them.? Peter?s favorite thing about his job is finishing, but he wouldn?t miss dry walling and taping.

Bob and Peter have both purchased houses in town. They agree that it is nice to have everyone together again. Bob and Donna have two other children that live in town. Michelle, their daughter, is married to Paul, and they have two kids, Matthew four and Caitlin, seven. Their other son Robert is also situated here. Peter moved here with his daughter Krystal, 17. They smiled when they said ?Were planning on being long term residents, we want people to know that we are situated, and plan to make our business grow.? These two guys were also very adamant about the fact that they will do it right the first time. They take pride in being able to guarantee their work. Both Peter and Bob miss Tim Horton?s the most, but the short commute to work makes it worth it.