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Library chair: Pippa Davies (Digital Commons)

Photo on 12-11-16 at 3.16 PMPippa has been with HCS Blended Learning Commons for 13 years, and  chairs the Learning Commons team, provides library training with students, staff and parents and in webinars, teaches in book clubs, and helps oversee the STEM leaders. You may also contact her for queries relating to our ebook library on OverDrive, purchasing materials for our OverDrive, or L4U library, and any concerns in regards to our materials in the Learning Commons.  She also blogs on a regular basis and shares information on Twitter and Facebook in regards to all things educational technology and STEAM. Pippa is passionate about multiple literacies, Christian education and providing voice for our students and staff in the commons.  Happily married to John for 28 years, they three adult kids and two grandkids.   Pippa works from home via Skype, Zoom, phone or email

Find Pippa online pdavies@onlineschool.ca, or @PippaDavies on Twitter @PippaDavies between the hours 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday – Friday. Phone 604 5384144  Skype philippajanedavies

Curriculum Consultant: Cynthia Duncalfe (Digital Commons)

imag3450-3Cynthia consults with home educating parents, and HCOS teachers in regards to a wide variety of curriculum resources. She is involved in curriculum correlating, the development of the HCOS Unit Study Kits, website development, OverDrive digital resource lists and theme pages, ScoopIt curation, blogging, monthly Learning Commons newsletters, and various training webinars.

To contact Cynthia for curriculum information please email her, cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca. She is generally available Monday – Wed and Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Kit writer: Rachael Rennie (Digital Commons)

Rachael“Hello! My name is Rachael Rennie and I am a graduate of Vancouver Island University, where I completed my Bachelor of Education degree. I am thrilled to be working for the Learning Commons, creating unit study kits for families to use at home. That means that I spend my day reading great books, looking through terrific resources, and finding fun/cool/exciting/amazing learning activities for families to do together! I have the best job! May the Lord bless and keep you this year, and always.”

Rachael works two and a half days a week writing kits and researching curriculum. rfreed@onlineschool.ca

Physical Learning Commons:

The physical Learning Commons has a physical library and 24-hour access via the online L4U catalogue. The campus library is available Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. However, there are classes using the library at various times. Feel free to drop in, or call ahead to make an appointment, if you need time to go over your account and find resources.

The library is available between 3 pm – 5 pm Monday – Thursday for families or groups use.  To book your class/group please email either Shandra Wiebe (online), swiebe@onlineschool.ca or Justine Dehod (campus) library@heritagechristian.ca

Campus Administrator :  Steve Cox


Steve Cox has been a school administrator for seventeen years, sixteen of them at Heritage Christian School in Kelowna.  Steve is eager to adopt new technologies into education and has become an advocate for digital integration.  He is particularly interested in multi-level classrooms, something that has not yet been well accepted in Western Canada.  He loves working as an elementary principal and is passionate about teaching from a Christian perspective.  He is particularly interested in multi-level classrooms, something that has not yet been well accepted in Western Canada.  He loves working as an elementary principal, and is passionate about teaching from a Christian perspective.

Steve has been married for twenty-five years. He has two boys who started arguing when they were young about who would win in a fight – Superman or Batman.  Unfortunately, he has not yet been able to convince them the Man of Steel would be the clear winner!


Library Resource Administrator: Shandra Wiebe

shandra_wiebeShandra has been involved with the Learning Commons library since it started 9 years ago with just a room full of boxes and a few kits!  Today, every inch of space is filled with amazing resources! Shandra  manages the L4U Library system, online family accounts, library education, cataloguing and reference queries, and more!!  She is involved in creating webinars, LibAnswers, bi-weekly newsletters, and monthly themes. If you have a question about how to access your online library account or need information about resources available, please contact Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

She is available Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 250-862-2377 ext. 311.


Campus Library Assistant: Justine Dehod 

Justine Dehod photo for website 2016Justine manages Campus accounts, class schedules, circulation records, including overdue lists and lost or damaged items, coordinates information retrieval for students and staff, library education, monthly newsletters and themes. Justine is also the new MakerEd Librarian running Maker camps once a month for our distance learning students in Kelowna.  For information on campus accounts, please contact Justine at library@heritagechristian.ca

She is available Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Or call her at 250 862 2377 ext. 312

Shipping Specialist:  Kelly Wiebe


Kelly is responsible for Loomis and Canada Post queries,  shipping and receiving materials to and from our Online families all over BC.  Kelly also assists with reserves and renewals of materials.

Kelly is available Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please contact her at shipping@heritagechristian.ca  or 250-862-2377 ext. 312

 Student Specialist: Sherri Funk

Sherri Funk sfunk@heritagechristian.ca loves engaging youngsters at story time. She is available daily during reading times for the primary grades.

Subscription Databases:

The subscriptions library is managed by Beth Johnson. Heritage Christian Schools presently holds thirty-one online school licences to a wide variety of online subscriptions, covering an array of subjects.  To access these, enrolled students should log in to your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” from the menu at the top, then scroll down to find the link, username and password for any subscription in which you are interested. These resources range from online educational curriculum to database resources, safe educational search engines and coding/programming learning.  Webinars are held throughout the year. Please make sure to check our Library interface calendar for upcoming events.  If you would like to recommend a subscription please contact Pippa Davies for further research, as Pippa works with vendor agreements.

Subscriptions Facilitator:  Beth Johnson 

Beth Johnson July 21, 2014Beth is our Subscriptions Facilitator in the Learning Commons.  She is responsible for communicating with parents and staff re adding new subscription accounts, and helping maintain the information on our website.  If you have questions about how your subscriptions work, or need some help, please email Beth Johnson.

Beth works Mon-Wed and Friday 8.00 am – 4.30 pm

High School Learning Commons NING and Forum Moderator:  Erin Duncan

Erin Erin eduncan@onlineschool.ca is our Forums and NING Moderator, and also a library assistant.  She oversees the day-to-day student communications on NING, advises students of upcoming events and enjoys archiving material in our web linking library.

Erin works Mon – Friday varying hours.


Our Learning Commons team is made up of Pippa Davies, Cynthia Duncalfe, Rachael Rennie, Shandra Wiebe, Sherri Funk, Justine Dehod, Beth Johnson, Kelly Wiebe, Erin Duncan, Steve Cox. All decisions made in the Learning Commons are made as a team. Should you have any concerns with Learning Commons matters please email pdavies@onlineschool.ca and she will direct these concerns to her team.


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