The Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre was founded in 1972 and originally named Planned Parenthood Kitchener-Waterloo, followed by Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region. The Centre grew out of the Birth Control Centre at the University of Waterloo in order to provide all residents of our community with sexual health information and support. SHORE Centre’s founders included a librarian, a social worker, a doctor and nurse, Catherine “Kitty” Francis. Watch the video below to hear Kitty Francis tell our founding story.
A community that honours sexuality, diversity and choice.
To promote choice through accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support.
- Pro-choice: Respecting the right of every person to make their own decisions
- Sex positive: Valuing all gender identities, sexualities and consensual sexual experiences
- Inclusive: Intentionally creating space for the full participation of marginalized and oppressed groups
- Accessible: Intentionally reducing barriers to participation (barrier-free locations, no fees, multiple languages, childcare, time, contact methods, etc.)
We are affiliated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation through our membership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. For more information about SHORE Centre’s work, please review our Annual Report, Strategic Plan and Audited Financial Statements.
Lyndsey Butcher, MSW, RSW
Stacey Jacobs, MSc
Sexual Health Education Manager
Newcomer Health Programs