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Lyndsey Butcher - Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre. Kitchener, ON, CA

Lyndsey Butcher

Executive Director | Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre

Kitchener, ON, CANADA

An experienced advocate working on the frontlines helping women and trans people access abortion care.





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Lyndsey Butcher is the Executive Director of SHORE Centre (formerly Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region), a nonprofit organization that promotes choice through accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support. The SHORE Centre focuses its programs and services on underserved populations including youth, LGBTQ community, newcomers and individuals experiencing poverty.

Lyndsey serves as Co-Chair of the Sex Worker Action Network of Waterloo Region and as a Board Member of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.

Industry Expertise (2)


Social Services

Areas of Expertise (6)

Abortion Access

Abortion Rights

Sexual Health Education

Reproductive Rights


Sex Work

Education (3)

Conestoga College: Certificate, Leadership & Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector 2015

Wilfrid Laurier University: M.S.W., Social Work 2013

Thesis: Women's Journeys to Community Leadership, Qualitative study on 15 female community leaders Field Placement: Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries Stream: Community, Policy, Planning and Organization

St. Thomas University: B.A., Social Work 2006

Field Placements: Planned Parenthood Fredericton, Making Waves - Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program, New Brunswick NDP (Policy Placement)

Affiliations (1)

  • Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada : Board Member member of the Fundraising Committee

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (5)

SHORE Centre donations jump thanks to Trump's election win

CBC  online


"I think the attacks against choice are going to be throughout Trump's presidency and people are going to want to take a stand and show that they are resisting these threats to choice," Butcher said.

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SHORE Centre seeing bump in donations, volunteers since Trump’s election

The Record  print


She encourages people who are also worried to support organizations like SHORE, and also to contact area politicians to express support for a woman's right to choose "so there isn't an undercurrent of anti-choice rhetoric in our community." "Even though this is happening in the U.S., there is work that we can do in Canada to resist it," Butcher said.

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Waterloo Region Planned Parenthood now known as SHORE Centre

CBC News  


"Having parenthood in the name made it seem like we may pressure someone into continuing a pregnancy even if that's not what they wanted," Lyndsey Butcher, the executive director of the SHORE Centre, told CBC News ...

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RU-486 pill to improve abortion access in Waterloo Region

CBC News  


"It reduces the barriers for women to access their reproductive choices," Lyndsey Butcher, executive director at Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, told CBC ...

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The View From Upstream: Ontario's New Sex Education

The Community Edition  


Do you remember your first sex ed class? The awkward teacher? The scare-tactic movie? Giggling at the colouring-book style pictures of penises? Ontario’s sex education curriculum has not been updated in almost twenty years and navigating healthy sexuality through the lens of colouring book penises is no easy feat.

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