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: 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 and are members of the National Abortion Federation. 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, RSW
Executive Director (On Leave-April 2020)

Stacey Jacobs, MSc
Sexual Health Education Manager

Kayla Orr, MSW, RSW
Clinic Manager

Hoda Ghonim
Newcomer Health Programs

Alicia Langill
Interim Executive Director

Angelique Patton
Patient Intake Worker

Maggie Hamel-Smith Grassby
Sexual Health Educator

Brockenshire Lemiski
Sexual Health Educator

Robyn Schwarz
Program Developer

Ash Metzloff
Pregnancy Support Outreach

Our Board of Directors

Our Community Partners

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