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Our mission is to support youth and families in British Columbia to find freedom from problematic substance use.

Peak House is a voluntary, ten-week, live-in, treatment program for youth experiencing problems with drugs, including alcohol. We operate within the harm reduction spectrum with a trauma informed, client centred, and social justice framework.

Established in 1988 by Pacific Youth and Family Services Society, the program serves youth from across British Columbia who, due to the serious nature of their substance misuse, require a more intensive level of service than can be provided in their home community.

Peak House has been internationally recognized for utilizing a unique, collaborative, youth-driven, community-based model of care. The roots of this approach are grounded in promoting change that lasts over time and social justice-informed approaches to therapy and counselling. The community at Peak House honours the wisdom and expertise that young persons and families possess and through this wisdom, the Peak House program has continued to grow and evolve.

Peak House has been accredited (CARF) and is licensed. We are proud member of The Federation of Community Social Services of BC.

Peak House was also the recipient of the Addiction Specialists & Allied Professionals of British Columbia (ASAP) Award of Excellence and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors Professional Care Award for exhibiting special creativity in providing counseling and mental health care.

Collaboration & Community

We are committed to continuing our learning together, taking time to reflect on and acknowledge successes, as well as individually and collectively questioning our practices to address struggles.

Centring Youth Success

We maintain the success of all young people in our program by keeping their success at the centre of our planning and work, and ensuring that youth are uniquely supported in their individual therapeutic work.

Inclusion & Diversity

We welcome clients from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders and gender expressions. We are accountable toward clients and one another in regards to practices regarding gender, race, age, sexuality, social class, and disabilities. Read more...

Peak House Location

Peak House is located in a residential neighbourhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. We have 7 bedrooms and 8 beds, a full kitchen, livingroom, two group rooms, and a beautiful backyard. Youth have told us that the house feels comfortable, warm, safe and welcoming.

Watch this video for a virtual tour of Peak House

Staff

Peak House staff support clients throughout their stay and help them to reach their goals. We are committed to providing a safe, friendly, caring, non-judgmental and supportive environment. Our staff team includes six Youth Counsellors, two awake Overnight Staff, an on-call Youth Counsellor team, Nurse Practitioner, Administrative Assistant, Cook, Acupuncturist, Yoga Instructor, Cultural Elder, and Summer Life-skills Programmer.

Executive Director

James Kelly

James has been working in youth and family services in Vancouver for over 20 years — both in a front line and management capacity. He began his role as Executive Director at Peak House in 2009.

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Acting Program Manager
Andrea Krakan, Acting Program Manager Peak House
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Clinical Supervisor
Stefanie Krasnow

Stefanie Krasnow

Stefanie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works as our Clinical Supervisor, providing the team with supervision and training related to counselling.

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Administrative Assistant
Jeremy Honeyman
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Intake & Assessment Counsellor
Brooke

Brooke Spinelli

Brooke joined Peak House in 2019 as a Youth Counsellor and took on the Intake & Transition Counsellor role in August 2021. She has a background in Youth Justice and is eagerly continuing her education to become a clinical counsellor. Brooke is the first point of contact from the Peak House team in each youth’s journey in our program.

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Clinical Counsellor
Phoebe Hayashi

Phoebe Hayashi

Phoebe started with Peak House in 2021 and is our full-time Clinical Counsellor. Phoebe has been working with youth who are grappling with their addiction and mental health for the last six years. She is a firm believer in taking a strength-based approach and amplifying youth’s voices.

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Clinical Counsellor
Hameda Nyamekye

Hameda Nyamekye

As the second member of the clinical team, Hameda brings her frontline experience and passion for working with high-risk youth from diverse backgrounds to Peak House. She operates from a strengths-based approach and believes in the power of gratitude, vulnerability, and connection.

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Provincial Resource Teacher
Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis

Michelle joined Peak House in 2013 and she specializes in teaching mathematics and special education. She is committed to student-centred learning and takes great pride in developing positive and supportive relationships with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Youth Counsellor Team

Joel Jasper

Joel started working at Peak House in 2020 as a youth counsellor. He has a bachelor’s in sociology from UBC and a background in teaching both English and Music. He

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Youth Counsellor Team
Dylan Bartley

Dylan Bartley

Dylan is a certified Child & Youth Care practitioner who studied at Algonquin College and has previously completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University. He has worked to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with youth and their families while respecting their unique life space, culture, and human diversity.

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Youth Counsellor Team

Danelle Hussey

Danelle has been a full-time youth counsellor at Peak House for over a year. She joined the team after completing a Master’s in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy at Adler University in Vancouver. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Psychology from the University of Regina.

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Youth Counsellor Team
Graeme Vargas

Graeme Vargas

My name is Graeme. I started working as a youth counselor at Peak House in July of 2021. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and have had a passion for working within social services since I was in high school.

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Youth Counsellor Team
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Youth Counsellor Team
Shelby Gindl
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Overnight Staff
Laila Biergans
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Overnight Staff
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Cook
Jean Leonardo
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Board of Directors

Pacific Youth and Family Services Society Board of Directors

Chair

Patrick Grayer

Patrick went to law school at the University of British Columbia and now works out of an office in East Vancouver where he mainly practices criminal and family law. He joined the Peak House board in order to be involved in providing services to youth in his community.

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Vice Chair

Caitlin Grisack

Caitlin has over 10 years’ experience facilitating and managing innovative programs in the criminal justice, education, and health care sectors. She specializes in conflict transformation, psychological safety, holistic health promotion, and delivering services to at-risk and vulnerable populations. Currently she is the Health & Wellness Solutions Program Manager at Pacific Blue Cross.

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Secretary

Christine Smith

Christine is the Director of Development at Seva Canada and has more than 10 years experience working in and for the charitable sector.

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Treasurer
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Director

Emily Coates

Emily has been a full time Realtor with Sutton Centre since 2003 prior to which she worked in banking with RBC. In 2011, she obtained her Associate Brokers Licence and in 2014 her licence in Property Management.

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Director
Marc Goffaux

Marc Goffaux

Marc was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil before moving to Canada to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. He quickly embraced the Vancouver community where he is proud to call it his home. When he is not working or visiting family abroad, you can find him enjoying either a cup of joe at your local coffee shop or hiking one our beautiful mountains.

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