Executive Director: James Kelly
James has been working in the sector of youth and family services in Vancouver for close to two decades, in both front line and management capacities. James began his role as Executive Director at Peak House in 2009, after working with the organization in contract and on call capacities for several years. James identifies as trans*, is passionate about social justice, and committed to providing anti oppressive and inclusive services in his community. In addition to his work at Peak House, James serves on community boards, and works alongside organizations and individuals providing consultation, workshops, mentorship and leadership training.
With over 20 years experience working at Peak House, Wendy is the most senior member of the team. Her experience in the field, coupled with her experience as a mother of two adult children provides a unique and insightful set of skills and abilities that she brings to the program.
Vikki Reynolds is our Clinical Supervisor. Vikki works a few days each month. You will see Vikki in some group and sessions. Her main role is to provide the team with supervision and training related to counselling. In addition to her many years with Peak House, Vikki’s experience also includes work alongside refuges and survivors of torture, teams of community workers in the DTES, substance abuse teams, and work alongside queer and transgendered communities. Vikki is an Instructor with VCC, UBC and with City University in the Master’s Program. www.vikkireynolds.ca
Administrative Assistant: TBA
Lina has worked at Peak House since 2009 as a Youth Counsellor and regular acting Intake & Assessment Counsellor. Lina has a background in Addictions, of working with marginalized persons and feels strongly that everyone deserves a chance to make change and be supported. Lina’s career began in 1992 supporting individuals living in the DTES. Through her educational pursuits she met Vikki Reynolds at VCC in 2008, where her interest in Peak House, and in working with the youth population began.
Mental Health & Addictions Clinical Counsellors
Stefanie Krasnow (Full Time) -Stefanie Krasnow is a therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. Stefanie is inspired by narrative therapy, feminist therapy, mindfulness practices, and—more than anything—by the wisdom and resiliency of each young person she works alongside. She feels it is an honour and privilege to support and empower youth in reclaiming and rewriting their life stories.
Graeme Sampson (Part Time) – Graeme is honored to work alongside youth and to bear witness to each young person’s unique strengths, experiences, and wisdom. He works collaboratively with youth and communities, offering practices of narrative therapy, liberation psychology, witnessing and anti-oppression work.
Here at Peak House we have six Youth Counsellors (Carol, Ash, Bryan, Hugs, and Kako), two awake overnight staff (Laila and Yolanda) as well as our on-call Youth Counsellor team. The Youth Counsellors are with the young people day and night, providing support throughout their stay.
Joe is our amazing cook! He prepares delicious and healthy meals for youth, keeps the kitchen stocked and in order and makes the best deserts for family nights.
Michelle joined Peak House in 2013 and she specializes in teaching mathematics and special education. Michelle is committed to student-centered learning and takes great pride in developing positive and supportive relationships with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. She takes a holistic approach to teaching, and focuses on the development of students’ mental health, social and emotional needs. Michelle has lived in several places across Canada and in Europe and loves traveling, baking, yoga, and snowboarding. She is a graduate from the University of British Columbia and is also an educator at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
Peak House also has a Doctor, Acupuncturist, Yoga Instructor & Aboriginal Cultural Consultant.