President & Founder
Michelle established A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary soon after starting to volunteer at the RASTA Sanctuary in September 2017. Volunteering at RASTA had a significant impact on her life and not only did it result in starting a Sanctuary but she also started following a vegan lifestyle after being a vegetarian for 6 years. Michelle is the proud mother of an amazing little human and is incredibly thankful for the ability to raise her around animals. She also works full time as the Chief Technologist for the Laboratories at Cowichan District Hospital and Lady Minto Hospital on Vancouver Island. Michelle is a strong advocate for animals and believes education is key when it comes to improving animal welfare, promoting health and protecting the environment.
Kirsti has been volunteering with A Home for Hooves since the Summer of 2018 and been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2018. A former Teacher and Military Logistics Officer, she brings an assortment of skills and abilities to the farm. She currently heads up the construction/beautification department here, and in the summer months, leads public educational tours. She also provides individual support and care in her home to any animals that require some extra TLC before they take up permanent residency at Home for Hooves. Outside of her Sanctuary work she is an ardent environmentalist and animal rights activist.
Sarah has been volunteering at A Home for Hooves since it started in 2017. When she started here were 6 animals calling A Home for Hooves home and now there are over 50! Sarah has been a lifelong animal lover and was vegetarian for 20+ years before becoming vegan a few years ago in order to fully align her actions with her values. Prior to volunteering at the sanctuary Sarah did not have any experience with farm animals but she feels very privileged to be learning how to take care of them. She also enjoys the many perks of the job which include kissing goats, scratching pig bellies, and petting chickens. Sarah continues to sit on the board of directors but has been taking a break from her animal care duties since having her daughter Maggie this past February. Outside of the sanctuary Sarah works as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Victoria with wonderful colleagues who come together as a group to sponsor 2 pigs (Charlie and Violet) at the sanctuary!
Ashlee has been a volunteer at A Home for Hooves since the Fall of 2018. After getting involved in animal rights activism, she joined our group of volunteers in order to expand her efforts to help animals directly. She enjoys learning about the day-to-day tasks involved in caring for our residents, as she came to A Home for Hooves with no experience working with farmed animals. Ashlee has found that not only are sanctuaries important for providing a safe home for animals in need, but that they also serve to provide education and awareness to the public regarding rescued and abandoned animals. Outside of volunteering, Ashlee works as a nurse for the health authority, and likes weightlifting, yoga, and walking her dogs.