ERIN WOODFORD, ICMG
Erin is a self taught, internationally certified master groomer,
and has been working in the grooming industry for 16 years. She owns and
operates a grooming business in Edmonton, Alberta, and is an award winning
competitive groomer. She is passionate about continuing education, and
compassionate handling. Her mother bred
Bouvier des Flandres, and trained their dogs in obedience, and schutzhund.
Growing up in the dog world made the transition to professional grooming a
natural choice, and gave her an innate understanding of dog handling, and the
early foundation for grooming. Having multiple Bouviers meant it was all hands
on deck when it was time to get them cleaned up. By the time she got her first
job as a bather, it felt like a perfect fit.
Giving back to the community is also something Erin feels is
important, and has always volunteered her time to various causes, both pet
related and otherwise. Whether it's grooming shelter dogs to make them more
adoptable, participating in rescue rodeos, or raising funds for a good cause
through a dog wash event, Erin can be found doing it.
Erin has taught seminars on basic at home maintenance, and pet
care, to pet owners, and has privately tutored fellow groomers. She is just as
happy to answer questions, as she is likely to ask them. She feels strongly
that we should never stop learning. She is excited and honoured to be part of
the IPG team, and looks forward to helping other groomers in their
PADDY GAFFNEY, CPG, ICMG
Paddy is our newest Canadian representative. Please contact her concerning possible workshop events and certification in Eastern Canada.