Joined the Board March 13, 2019
Janice is a city policy planner and an outdoor activity enthusiast, no matter the temperature. Janice completed graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and Fuller Theological Seminary, worked overseas, and found her way back to Calgary after 15 years when the Rockies (and a job) called her home. She has attended Commons since 2014 and is active in home groups and the Connection Team. She is most excited to help shape the vision for Commons as part of the Board. Janice and her husband are involved in the Inglewood Parish and are deeply committed to bringing God’s shalom to the city. She also loves potato chips and Star Trek: TNG
Joined the Board March 13, 2019
First Term: Financial Officer
I had been a Christian my entire life, but was searching for something fresh - a community to challenge and expand my faith, tackle the tough questions, and provide a space for healthy debate and heartfelt discussion. Since then, I have come to love Commons and the many people who I've crossed paths with (including my wife, Christi, who I met here!). I very much appreciate the teaching, the openness and welcome here, and the ways in which the church makes a positive impact within our city.
In my day job, I'm a chartered financial analyst and have had various roles in the finance world, both corporate and not-for-profit, for almost 15 years now. Currently, I work in long-term planning and corporate strategy.
Outside of work, you can often find Christi and I checking out local theatre and arts, or trying out one of the new restaurants in the neighbourhood. I'm also a pretty big soccer fan if anyone is interested in meeting up on a Saturday morning to catch some premier league at the Ship.
Joined the Board March 9, 2016
I have enjoyed working with Justin (Chair) and the rest of the board team these past two years. We have had some challenges and opportunities and we’ve have seen the addition of new great staff, the growth to the new Inglewood parish and a maturity within the community on many levels. Commons has largely met its goals and new opportunities continue to be on the horizon. I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board and hope to continue into a second term as Commons continues its exciting growth, offers its voice/perspective to our city and continues conversations with our community (internally and with those Commons is involved with outside our walls).
Joined the Board Mar 9, 2016
Second Term: Chairperson
My wife (Alyssa) and I have been attending Commons since the fall of 2014. During this time, we have welcomed into our family a daughter (Reese) and son (Zac). We have been active members of the community and currently lead a home group. Having served my first term on the board (with the last year being the Finance Chair), there was no hesitation when asked to serve a second term. I look forward to working alongside Jeremy and the team as our community grows and continues to be an intellectually honest gathering place. My wife and I also had the privilege of serving on the Inglewood launch team and are excited to see where God will lead our new Parish. A little more about myself personally, I am an avid golf and tennis player. I love spending time with my family and friends. I work as a Chartered Accountant and am glad I can use my skill-set to serve the community.
Joined the Board March 7, 2018
Our family has been attending the Commons church since September 2016. We were drawn to the Commons community for its loving and accepting approach to people of various backgrounds. We have been attending the Inglewood Commons church since its launch and I help with Sunday School while my husband (Tim) serves on the production team. My Christian journey started 14 years ago. While attending university, I felt that something in my life was missing so I started exploring different religions. After years of searching, I finally felt at home when we started attending Westside King’s Church and was baptized there on June 7, 2009. I have been an active church participant since and have served in various capacities (kids team, worship team, administrative team). I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 4 years to my children, Kaslyn and Davin. In my spare time, I am passionate about being an active member in the community and currently serve as the organizer of our school choir and as treasurer for our community soccer program. Prior to staying at home, I worked in the Risk Management and Regulatory fields. I have a Bachelor of Commerce in Risk Management and Insurance. I am excited about the prospect of serving on the Commons board. I enjoy engaging in meaningful dialogue that can help shape and guide church in a way that the story can be relevant to everyone involved. I look forward to connecting with more people in the Commons church family.
Justin du Plessix
Joined the Board Feb 3, 2015
Second Term: Vice Chair
Justin du Plessix has been blessed to be a part of this community since 2007 and is the current Chair of the Leadership Team. In addition to serving as a member of the Leadership Team since 2015, Justin led a team from Commons to Zambia with Hands at Work in Africa in 2016, is a member of the Development Committee, continues to grow with and be challenged by his Home Church, and organizes volunteers for our partnerships with local organizations including the Drop-In Centre.
Joined the Board March 8, 2017
First Term: Secretary
After spending some time with the former Unedited Spirituality community, our family became part of Commons in 2015 and have found ourselves drawn to the beautiful and diverse group of people who call it home. We feel a particular affinity for the mission statement of “intellectually honest, spiritually passionate, Jesus at the centre.” We have centred our life and our family around the idea of being open, compassionate, generous, and loving, and Commons is a place where we can be those things.
I feel honoured and humbled to have been nominated. I am also excited by the potential opportunity to use my skill set, passions, and energy to help pour into the Commons community.
Joined the Board March 8, 2017
I grew up in Calgary, in a fairly typical Christian family. After a few twists and turns I ended up at Kensington Road Church for my high school years, followed by Covenant Bible College. That was followed by a few years of aimlessness before heading back to academia for a couple degrees in engineering.
As the craziness of life would have it, I also attended Unedited Spirituality for short stint during a summer home. So when I moved back to the city from New Brunswick I knew I had to try out Commons and have been a part of the community ever since. I am now part of a great home church, serve on the coffee team, and am excited to see what else God has in store for Commons and me.