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.
- Sex positive
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.
Maggie Hamel-Smith Grassby
Sexual Health Youth Educator
Client Support Coordinator