Serving the Lower Mainland since 1971, Living Systems is a leading provider of counselling, training, education and research based on Bowen family systems theory. Our professionals have assisted thousands of individuals and their families to function more effectively in relationships and in life.
Our vision is to contribute to the knowledge of human behavior from a natural systems perspective.
Our mission is to make knowledge of human behavior from a natural systems perspective available to the community by providing counselling, training, education and research.
Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC, Director, Training and Research. Randy trained in Bowen family systems theory and family psychotherapy at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Randy is certified as a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a registered clinical counsellor. He is the Director of Training & Research at Living Systems.
Leila Howard, MA, RCC, Business and Finance Director. Leila oversees the business operations for the Society, including program administration, business & finance, marketing, grant applications and community outreach. She supervises administrative volunteers and contract work. Leila is part of the conference committee, website committee, and marketing committee.
Katie White, MA, RCC, Clinical Director. As Clinical Director Katie oversees the Counselling Program including our policies and procedures. She is also a member of the Conference Committee.
Board of Directors
Mark Smith, M.S.W., R.S.W. President. Mark joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and has been President of the Board of Living Systems since 2002. He was also a former Co-Chair and a Divorce Coach with Collaborative Divorce Vancouver. Mark is a Bowen family systems therapist in Private Practice.
Ariel Creighton, Member at Large. Ariel previously was Staff Associate at Highlands United Church and is now retired. This is Ariel’s second round of being a member on the Board, having previously been on the Board of the North Shore Counselling Centre for several years.
Dan DeBeyer, BSc, MBA, Member at Large. Dan is currently an Associate Director, Innovation Translation with
Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC.
Erica Guliker, MA, Member at Large. Erica is the Director of Planning and Redevelopment for Providence Health Care. She has a background in Psychiatric and General Nursing holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from the University of Victoria and a Masters Degree from UBC. Erica joined the Board of Living Systems in 2007.
Dawn Metcalf, Member at Large. Dawn is a self-employed program and project manager. Her most recent role was that of a program director for an energy company. She has plans to obtain her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology in the next few years.
Don Wills, BA. PLog, Member at Large. Don is currently an Associate Project Director, Redevelopment with Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC. He has 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare system and is currently the Director of Support Services.
To see our latest Annual Report click here: Annual Report 2016-2017
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Become a Member
Joining Living Systems Society is a way to support the advancement of Bowen family systems theory and therapy in British Columbia. As a member, you will have a voice in determining the future of this dynamic organization. You will also receive discounts on registration fees for conferences. The membership fee is $10 for one year or $25 for three years. To become a Living Systems member please mail your cheque with a note attached to it regarding your membership to: Living Systems, 209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1T7 or pay online via paypal:
As a non-profit society, Living Systems depends upon the financial support of individuals, businesses and other organizations who believe in the principles of Bowen family systems theory and therapy. Without their help, we would be unable to continue our work in counseling, training, education and research. All financial donations receive a receipt that can be used for income tax purposes. United Way contributions may be designated to Living Systems.
To make a donation to Living Systems Society mail a cheque to Living Systems, 209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1T7 OR
Please keep a copy for your records. Thank you for your support. We will mail a tax receipt for donations over $20.
Living Systems depends upon a network of volunteers who give generously of their time, energy and skills. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us.
Counselling programs for lower-income individuals and families is supported by the ongoing support from the following organizations:
District of North Vancouver
City of North Vancouver
B.C. Gaming Commission