About us

Our Story

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.



Our Vision

A community that honours sexuality, diversity and choice.

Our Mission

To promote choice through accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support.

Our Values

  • Pro-choice
  • Sex positive
  • Inclusive
  • Accessible

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.

Our office is barrier-free and interpretation is available upon request. Our programs, services and policies are inclusive of all genders, orientations, abilities, ages and cultures.







We are proud to be a Living Wage Employer.

Our Team

Lyndsey Butcher, MSW
Executive Director

Alicia Langill
Operations Manager

Maggie Hamel-Smith Grassby
Sexual Health Youth Educator

Kayla Orr
Client Support Coordinator

Stacey Jacobs, MSc
Sexual Health Education Manager

Brockenshire Lemiski
Sexual Health Youth Educator

Hoda Ghonim
Newcomer Health Programs

Our Board of Directors

Our 2017-18 Board of Directors:

Meaghan Middleton, President

Jackie Miller, Vice-President

Eleanor McGrath, Secretary

Carrie McNabb, Treasurer

Jane Macdonald

Janis Herold

Melissa Fritz 

Shawna Reibling

Janet McKeown

Ryan Bayne

Our Community Partners

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