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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.

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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.

James Kelly

Executive Director

James has been working in youth and family services in Vancouver for over 20 years — both in a front-line and management capacity. James began his role as Executive Director at Peak House in 2009. 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 has served on numerous community board of directors, and works alongside organizations and individuals providing consultation, workshops, mentorship and leadership training.

Andrea Krakan

Program Manager

Andrea Krakan (she/her) has worked in various capacities in the non-profit field for over a decade. Her passion for youth work is rooted in the firm belief that youth are our future and investing in their wellness builds strong communities. When Andrea is not at work, she is busy raising an incredible little boy with her husband.

Lilian Garcia


Lilian is an administrative professional with over 10 years of experience. Her motivation stems from supporting her team members and ensuring businesses run smoothly and effectively. Additionally, Lilian is currently enrolled in a degree program at Douglas College, specializing in Communication, with an expected graduation in 2025. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in outdoor activities with her husband and their sweet young daughter.

Rythme Aujla

Intake Counsellor

Rythem Aujla is an experienced Intake Coordinator at PeakHouse, bringing a fresh perspective to the field of social work. With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Douglas College, Rythem has a strong foundation in the theory and practice of social services. But what truly sets Rythem apart is a core value—seeking non-traditional ways of healing. Drawing inspiration from collectivist culture, Rythem explores holistic healing methods that go beyond the limitations of individualist approaches. Rythem is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and interconnectedness in the pursuit of wellness. Beyond the office, Rythem’s passion for life is evident. An avid outdoor enthusiast, they find solace in the beauty of nature. Always in search of new avenues for personal growth, Rythem’s commitment to holistic healing extends to their own life journey.

Amie Anderson

Amie Anderson

Clinical Supervisor

For the past 15 years, Amie (she/her) has been supporting youth and families struggling with mental health and substance use challenges in her home city of Vancouver, BC (the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musquem and Tsleil-Waututh Nations).  Throughout her career she has worked with a wide range of folks from street youth to university students to health care professionals.  Amie has a passion for providing direct therapy as well as clinical supervision from a trauma-informed lens, using a range of evidence-based practices such as dialectical behaviour therapy, emotion focused family therapy and other attachment and strength-based modalities.  Included in her approach, is a strong commitment to involving families and caregivers in the treatment process whenever possible.  Amie holds a Masters Degree from UBC, is a Registered Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC. When she’s not working, Amie can often be found running in the North Shore mountains.

Fabienne Kuhn

Clinical Counsellor

Fabienne Kuhn has been working in various mental health settings over the past years. She gained her Masters degree in Psychology in Bern, Switzerland. After moving to Vancouver and building up her own counselling practice, she realized she prefers a collaborative approach and started her role as a clinical counsellor at Peak House. Fabienne is passionate about integrating embodiment practices and somatic experiencing into her sessions and enjoys working with youth. When she is not at work, she can be found creating mosaic art in her studio.

Shawna Dash

Clinical Counsellor

Shawna is a white, cis, hetero woman, and a settler on stolen Indigenous lands, often referred to as Vancouver. She is a systemic thinker and works from a person-centred, intersectional, and anti-oppressive perspective. Shawna will welcome you just as you are and holds compassion and hope for your healing journey. She uses a holistic and trauma-informed approach and engages in therapy in a way and pace that feels comfortable for each individual. Her approach is to care for the soul and create a safe and supportive environment where you can express the unexpressed and explore the things that make you human. She encourages clients to intuitively listen and engage with their mind and body to gain a deeper understanding about themselves, and a journey with Shawna will and be grounded in mutual respect, kindness, honesty, and humour.

Murphy Ryan

Youth Counsellor Team

Murphy first learned about Peak House when he was a teenager himself, in the late 1990s, through participation in activism alongside Vikki Reynolds, who served as the program’s Clinical Supervisor for many years.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Gender Studies at SFU, Murphy joined the Peak House team as a Youth Counsellor in 2006. He left Peak House to prioritize parenting in 2010, and went on to earn a Master’s degree from the Society, Culture & Politics in Education program at UBC. Read more…

Kelsey Beliveau-Wanek

Youth Counsellor Team

Kelsey is a dedicated professional serving as the program supervisor at Peak House. With a bachelor’s degree from SFU in Psychology, and a minor in Criminology, she combines her academic knowledge with a profound passion for mental health and addictions work. Kelsey’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond her workplace; she actively contributes to the community as a member on the advisory committee for the Youth Future’s Education Fund. In this role, she plays a pivotal part in empowering former youth in care by helping them access financial assistance for their post secondary education. Kelsey’s drive and empathy shine through in her work, embodying the spirit of compassion and support that is integral to the field of mental health and addictions.

Mo Karimirad

Youth Counsellor Team

Mo is a driven individual with a background in collegiate basketball and a strong aspiration to make a difference in people’s lives through social work. Their experience as a college athlete has instilled in them qualities of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance that they now apply to their pursuit of a Master’s degree in Counseling, with a focus on becoming a clinical counselor. Passionate about mental health and personal growth, Mo is dedicated to expanding their knowledge and skills to provide meaningful support to those in need.

James Braun

Youth Counsellor Team

“Jamie” (he/him) is honoured to be a part of the Peak House staff. Jamie has been an active member of the sober community since 2021, and sincerely believes in the power of sobriety to make dreams come true. Jamie completed a Bachelor of Arts from UBC in Cognitive Systems in 2021. He is currently pursuing a Master of Counselling from City University to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor by 2025. Rain or shine, you may find Jamie strolling through Vancouver’s beautiful West End enjoying the view.

Peak House | Joel Jasper

Joel Jasper

Youth Counsellor Team

Kirsten Robert

Youth Counsellor Team

Kirsten (she/her) has been working with diverse youth in clinical and educational settings for the past ten years. Kirsten is passionate about supporting individuals in reaching their goals and aspires to make a difference in her work. She holds a Master’s degree in psychology and neuroscience and degrees in fine arts, psychology, education and art therapy.

Heba Khalid

Youth Counsellor Team

Emmy Livsey

Youth Counsellor Team
Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis


Michelle has been the teacher at Peak House since 2013 and she specializes in mathematics and inclusive education. She supports students with their individual learning and educational goals and also supports the transition to and from the home school and/or helps find a new school program. She is committed to student-centred learning and takes great pride in developing positive and supportive relationships with all students.

Dovette Federspiel

Indigenous Cultural Consultant

Megan Ireland

Nurse Practitioner

Laila Biergans

Overnight Staff

Laila has been employed by Peak House since 1989 as youth councillor and night attendant. Holding a bachelors in political science from McMaster University. Post grad studied criminology and philosophy.
Laila is a book addict, cat lover and drawing portraits.

Ernest Dushime

Overnight Staff
Jean Leonardo

Jean Leonardo


Board of Directors

Pacific Youth and Family Services Society Board of Directors

Caitlin Grisack


Caitlin Grisack (she/her) has been leading innovative programs in the public and not-for-profit sectors for over 15 years. Specializing in essential services, trauma, and conflict transformation, she is a change champion and social justice advocate committed to building healthier workplaces and communities. Caitlin holds a master’s degree in Leadership and is a certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and Mental Health First Aid trainer. Having started her career working with high-risk youth, Caitlin is proud to have been a member of the Peak House Board since 2013.

Emily Coates

Vice Chair

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.

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.

Angela Lee


Shannon Richardson


Shannon (she/her) is a Marketing Director with over 15 years of experience. As a mother of two teens, she brings a unique perspective to the Board, combining marketing expertise with a passion for helping at-risk youth.

Stephanie Fitzsimmons


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.