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About us

Our Story

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

SHORE Centre imagines a community that values sexual health and reproductive freedom as essential for people to live their best lives.

Our Mission

SHORE Centre offers exceptional and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services in our community that uphold the dignity of everyone.

Our Values

Accessible: We strive to make our programs and services welcoming to all and barrier-free.

Inclusive: We celebrate diversity and respect the unique lived experiences of every person in our community. We are sex positive and value sexual and gender diversity.

Accurate: Our programs and services are modeled on scientific evidence and best-practices as well as the lived experience of the people we work with.

Courageous: We fearlessly advocate for the human right of bodily autonomy and boldly defend choice as we adapt to policy and system changes. 

SHORE Centre is 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.
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Our Team

Admin Team

Kayla Orr, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
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Alicia Langill
Operations Manager
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Tracy Boyle
Donor Relations & Stewardship Specialist
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Clinic, Counselling, Pregnancy, & Parenting Team

Ash Metzloff
Pregnancy Programs Coordinator
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Emily West
Administration & Intake Worker
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Maddie Resmer
Administrative Assistant
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Brittney O’Hara, MSW, RSW
Clinic Counselling Lead
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Theresa Himburg
Peer Health Worker
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Annaleshia Jamieson
Counsellor/Advocate
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Angelique Patton
Intake Worker
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Jess Huston
Trans Care Coordinator
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Education & Outreach Team

Vivila Yujuan Liu
Education and Outreach Manager
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Jeneka Johnson
Sexual Health Educator
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Hoda Ghonim
Newcomer Health Programs
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Gwendolyn Gentle
Sexual Health Educator
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Mary Ajayi
Sexual Health Educator
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Our Board of Directors

Officers

Sonya Walton
President
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Sonya Walton joined the SHORE board in 2022 and currently serves as the board’s president. She is a technical writer at the University of Waterloo, focusing on proposal development and review for research grants, and managing editor of Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé at McMaster University. She lives in Waterloo with her dog Fearne and kitty cat Zoe.

Rosemary Killeen
Secretary
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Rosemary has been a SHORE board member since 2018 and is currently the board secretary. She is a pharmacist and the Director of Lifelong Learning at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. She is also a mother, stepmother, grandmother, and long-time volunteer. She is proud to support and promote the work SHORE does in Waterloo Region and beyond. Rosemary and her husband, Brian, live in Waterloo with their goldendoodle, Charlie Brown. 

Jane Arnold
Past President
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Jane has been a SHORE board member since 2018 and currently serves as past board president. A love of politics led her to a career in government relations, and she now channels this energy as an active volunteer ‎focused on building a strong and vibrant community. Jane is a firm believer in SHORE’s vision, mission and values, especially the need to change the stigma surrounding abortion care, and SHORE’s vital role in Waterloo Region and beyond. She and her family live in Waterloo. 

Dan Brown
Treasurer
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Dan has been a SHORE board member since 2018, and currently serves as the board treasurer.  He is a professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo. He’s excited by SHORE’s vision of excellent care for community members and especially excited by projects like the newcomer health programs and our health care work in diverse places across Waterloo Region. He and his partner Daniel live in downtown Kitchener with River, their cocker spaniel.

Directors

Alana Cattapan
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Alana has been a SHORE board member since 2022 and is a political science professor at the University of Waterloo. She is a long-time feminist researcher and activist, committed to inclusive models of reproductive justice. She lives (on the best street) in downtown Kitchener.

Dana Bowman
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Dana’s current role is Events Manager at a local not-for-profit. She has extensive experience with accounting and operations
management. She has been invested in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for several years, with a passion for sustainability. She is the proud parent of a whole brood of children and is thrilled to be involved with SHORE and excited to help support and promote the work it does.

Leona Bruijns
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Leona has been a SHORE board member since 2022. She is currently a medical student at the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health and is very excited about SHORE’s ongoing efforts to expand care to more communities in Ontario. 

Brynn Harlock
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Brynn is a Housing Programs Advisor with the Region of Waterloo, where she supports community housing providers in strengthening their operations, governance, asset management, and financial position. She joined the SHORE Board in 2024 and is excited to be part of an organization providing such necessary and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services. Brynn lives in beautiful downtown Galt.

Dani Siddique
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Dani joined the SHORE Board in 2024 through Capacity Canada’s Gen Z on boards program. She graduated from the Wilfrid Laurier University and works at the Waterloo Region Community Foundation as a Digital Marketing Associate. She lives in Kitchener and spends much of her free time focusing on social causes and hopes to continue working within the community towards positive change.

Lianna Sanelli
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Lianna has been a SHORE board member since 2020. She is a criminal defence lawyer for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto. Lianna is social justice oriented and thrilled to be a part of an organization that promotes access to inclusive sexual and reproductive health services, resources, and education. She lives in Hamilton with her wife, Sara, and their two Italian greyhounds, Sedgwick and Sophie.

Caroline Charko
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Caroline is a new member of the Board, having joined in January 2024. She has been a long-time volunteer, donor, and passionate supporter of SHORE Centre, and is proud to contribute more to SHORE in the capacity of director. She strongly believes in an individual’s right to bodily autonomy, which is reflected in SHORE Centre’s vision, mission and values. Her mornings are spent at her family’s contracting company, SG Cunningham, where she is the office operations & HR manager, and afternoons are spent getting
into mischief with her toddler, Anna. Caroline lives in Uptown Waterloo with Anna, her husband Anton, and cat Mango.

Julia Cluett-McCullough

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Julia (Jules) joined the SHORE board in 2022. She is a member of the Youth Sexual Health Action Group and co-lead of OK2BME’s first youth leadership group. She is a political activist with experience on multiple election campaigns and as a provincial riding association executive member.

Priya Thasan
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Priya Thasan is a seasoned risk management specialist working in the insurance field, with extensive experience identifying and resolving gaps in policies and procedures. Priya joined the SHORE board in June 2022 and recently took on chairing the nominations committee. She lives in Waterloo with her husband and two children and enjoys listening to jazz and true crime podcasts.

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