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Staff Bio




Wow, how time flies.  The Playpen has been open for just over 9 years and what an adventure it has been.  I am proud to say that this is the most satisfying job that I could ask for.  As many of you know with having a background of 16 years of policing, this change of career was a big leap, but what a good one!  As the owner of The Playpen, I am so privileged to have worked with some pretty passionate staff.  My staff cares about our clients as if they were their own, they are a hard-working and dedicated crew and I am happy to have them on The Playpen team.  As far as our clients, what can I say; you all make this job so worthwhile.  I have been so lucky to get to know all our four legged friends as well as their owners and it is nice to call you all friends.  Thank you for trusting us with your pets, that truly means the world to me and I take that responsibility very seriously.  I hope to carry on down the path of caring for all of my clients that I call family as well as continuing with helping the rescue world, advocating for animal rights and care and volunteering with the many programs and charities I have been involved with throughout these last 9 years.
Thank you, Karla and my big old furbaby crew.




Hi, my name is Anne, I have recently moved to Kimberley, B.C. from Ottawa, Ontario, which is where I grew up, with my large, mixed breed, rescue dog Trooper and my boyfriend.  I started working at The Playpen in November 2016 and I am in love with this job.  I have worked in the veterinary field for the past 11 years and was ready for a change.  Working at The Playpen allows me to see a completely different side of your pets.  The excitement in their eyes as they walk through the door is priceless.  When I’m not at The Playpen, I try to get out on the hills or spend my time hiking with Trooper.  My love for the outdoors is one of the perks of having moved to this beautiful province.  I look forward to new adventures on my own time as well as with The Playpen.  I plan to continue providing extraordinary care to your pets and am always excited to meet more furry friends!




My name is Suzanne, my husband and I moved to the Kootnenays in 2014 to escape big city living. I grew up in Richmond, in the Lower Mainland, and most of my family still lives there.  My husband and I love spending as much of our time as possible in nature; hiking, biking and skiing and if Misha our adopted fur baby can come, so much the better.  Misha is a Shepherd Labrador cross and her favourite thing to do in the world is chase my husband and I on our bikes through the forest. I love animals of all shapes and sizes, and nothing can put a smile on my face faster than a happy dog which is why The Playpen is a perfect fit for me.




My name is Colleen, and I am the “Granny” at The Playpen. I grew up in a rural area of B.C. with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. My childhood friend and I would ride our horses every morning before rushing to catch the school bus.  I do have grandchildren, two wonderful little girls who live in Alberta, whom I manage to see every couple of months.  I also have 4 grand dogs, 3 grand cats, a grand hamster, a grand corn snake and, of course, my own mini Schnauzer, Gypsy - aptly named as she travels a lot.  My husband and I moved to Cranbrook in 2009 after living in Alberta for almost 30 years, where we raised our two sons. We were an active family, skiing, camping, junior hockey, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. So Cranbrook and area is the perfect choice of relocation for us as we still enjoy these pastimes.  I am an Education Assistant with the Cranbrook schools, and work on a casual basis. Karla asked me one day if I would be interested in coming on board as a part of the team at The Playpen, also on a casual basis. Since this is where Gypsy goes for day care, I am familiar with the staff and know of their love and dedication to the clients, it was the perfect environment for me.  Working with the furry clients that come to The Playpen is such fun! We spend a lot of time laughing at their goofy antics and funny personalities.  It is also a really busy job ensuring all the required needs of the pets are met with outside breaks, medications, meals, play time and introducing them to new friends.  My favourite part of being at The Playpen comes at the end of the day when we individually tuck in each pet with a cookie and a kiss goodnight.