Michele Grenkow, CMG, CCMS

In February 1990, at the age of 15, Michele’s official animal activities started at the SPCA after a large horse seizure caused the shelter to rely solely on volunteers. Once the horses were rehabilitated and placed in new homes Michele stayed on with the SPCA as the volunteer coordinator and kennel staff/receptionist, while going through College to become a Farrier & Blacksmith. Michele continues to aid the SPCA in seizure cases and giving expert testimony when needed.

1996 started Michele into the world of medicine when she started working at BC’s top animal reproduction clinic. She was able to understand, in depth, the difference between a breeder and a great breeder. Agonizing with clients, as they had to put beloved pets down because of genetic illnesses that could have easily been screened out of breeding programs.

In 1997, Michele and her mom Hilary, started MiHi Great Danes (pronounced My High). MiHi Great Danes has produced top award winning Danes in Canada and the US.

After 5 years at the clinic she turned her sights on the human medical world, where she met her now-husband, Darcy. Michele was a First Responder for 3 years until the birth of her first child. It was during that first pregnancy (2003) that Michele was visiting a grooming friend and started helping out around the salon. Mentored and exposed to the grooming world by one of Canada’s top breed profile groomers. Everyone still teases that her second child was born in a whelping box at Canada’s largest dog show, even though she was born a week before that show!

2006 was an intense year for Michele. She took a third place in her first grooming competition. Animal Haven Grooming was given to her to carry on the legacy in September. Michele completed all her practical and written exams for IPG and one week later Hilary died on Halloween after a battle with breast cancer. Shortly after she wrote her masters and became a CMG. Three months after Michele’s Mom passed, she was undergoing a bilateral radical mastectomy herself.

In 2010, Michele set out to rally a group of Groomers into starting a Canadian certification body. Shortly thereafter that group of dedicated Canadian Groomers started Canadian Professional Groomers, later changing to Canadian Professional Pet Stylists. Competitive Grooming also came to fore front for Michele starting in Atlanta at the Atlanta Pet Fair.

After twenty one years, 2011 is a new chapter of Michele’s adventure, with the start of creative grooming, done safely and correctly through the education of the organization NAPCG.

Darcy Grenkow - Office Manager

First Aid Instructor, Volunteer Firefighter, Carpenter, English Major, Queen’s and Serving Brother award receiver.

Darcy has always been there to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. Naturally an animal person, interacting with any creature comes easy to him. Since 1995 Darcy has held and taught all levels of Human First Aid. Feeling the need to give back to his community Darcy has been awarded multiple awards for his many years of volunteering to help people.

Darcy takes challenges in stride and with ease, which he proves time and time again whether it’s running into burning buildings or decoying for protection dogs. Of course his biggest challenge and joy are his two daughters who keep him on his toes.

Kat Beaulieu, CMG, CCMS

Raised in a family that always put a natural way of life first, Kat is our earth mother. Her tender way soothes both humans and animals alike. Originally an Animal Haven student from 1998, she completed her IPG Masters two years later. A competitive groomer, she competes in both the Grooming and Breed rings.

She is the owner of Bark Avenue Dog Grooming, in Mission, BC.

A fan of Poodles and Porties, Kat is owned by Wish the St. Poodle, and Luna & Tripp the PWD’s.

Gabriella Ferreira - CCBT1 Bather Technician

From the tropics below the Equator, where nature is beautiful and the heat is intense, comes our groomer Gabi. Her passion about animals came with her, all the way from Brazil to Canada, where she seeked for professional education to become a certified dog groomer. 

In 2020 she joined the Animal Haven Grooming School, where she graduated and got her first certification as a CPPS bather technician. 

Proud owner of Lola, the Lhasa Apso, she is fascinated by Asian breeds and artistic work on coat. Look out for a Lhasa in a backpack, those girls are always pursuing adventure!

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