Staff

 

Staff Team 2014 BBQ

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Wendy WProgram Manager:  Wendy Wittmack

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_Photo_newClinical Supervisor: Vikki Reynolds

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

 

 

 

IMG_0821Intake & Assessment Counsellor:  Lina Silano

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

Bhupie Dulay (Full Time) – Bhupie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and has been working at Peak House since 2012. She brings her passion and experience working alongside young people and their families’ journey towards change. Her approach to counselling is collaborative, strength-based, and influenced by anti-oppressive practices. Bhupie is also an instructor at VCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Counsellors

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.

Cook

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.

 

Teacher: Peak House has a seperate school program taught by a Vancouver School Board employee.

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 and Yoga Instructor & Aboriginal Cultural Consultant.