Our Mission

To provide compassionate community support to women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy so that they can thrive without seeing abortion as their only option.

About PCC

We envision a city where no woman faces an unexpected pregnancy alone, where every mother and father has access to care, support, and community and where parents and their unborn children are treasured by all.

Sadly, each year hundreds of women in Toronto find themselves alone with an unexpected pregnancy. Lacking material, family and community support many feel overwhelmed and believe they have no other option but to seek an abortion. The Pregnancy Care Centre exists so that women have other options. We provide practical help, emotional support and vital connections to long term care through churches and other community resources.

Our Values

Celebrating the intrinsic and incalculable worth of all

Transparency, trustworthiness, and stewardship

Committed, compassionate, and personalized support

Everyone reaching their God-given potential

Loving God, loving others

Pregnancy Support Toronto
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PCC Friends
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Our Free Services

With the support of our donors, we are able to provide an array of pregnancy services to individuals who are met with an unexpected pregnancy.

Please note that we are not a medical clinic and do not provide or assist in arranging for abortions.

Pregnancy test
Free Pregnancy Tests

Our free pregnancy tests are urine-based and are 99.5% accurate within 7 days of fertilization. Results are available immediately after the test.

Abortion Info
Abortion Information

We provide information and help you sort through your thoughts, feelings and questions about abortion.

Post Abortion Care
Post-Abortion Care

For those who are working through the difficult emotions that can be felt following abortion, we offer a safe place to grieve the loss and connect with others who have found help and hope.

Adoption
Adoption Information

We share information about different type adoption options and answer questions and concerns about the adoption process.

Parents
Parenting Preparation

We offer a variety of individual and group sessions for prenatal education, budgeting, relationships and support in fulfilling your short and long term goals.

community support
Community Connections

We offer connections to a strong base of community groups and volunteers throughout Toronto. Students can get connected to pregnancy support teams at some university campuses. Pregnancy support teams in local churches are willing to help families, new dads, and newcomers to Canada.

Staff

The Pregnancy Care Centre volunteers and staff are ready to help and extend friendship support to women and their families with an unexpected pregnancy. If you or someone you know needs help call 416-229-2607 or write us at info@pregnancycarecentre.org. For full information about our services and how to set up an appointment, visit IamnotAlone.ca

Board of Directors

Ewan Goligher
Ewan Goligher is an intensive care physician and researcher in Toronto. He studied biochemistry and medicine at the University of British Columbia and holds a PhD in physiology from the University of Toronto. His academic interests include the effects of mechanical ventilation on the lungs and respiratory muscles. He has also written on ethical issues in end-of-life care and conscientious objection in medicine. Ewan and his family attend Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills in Toronto.
Ewan Goligher

Board Chair

Clara Addo-Bekoe
Clara Addo-Bekoe believes in the inherent dignity and value of human life and thanks the Lord for the opportunity to contribute to the PCC’s efforts to help women and their families who are facing an unexpected pregnancy. On the PCC board, she has served in a number of capacities. Currently she is Board Secretary and is a member of the human resources sub-committee.
Clara Addo-Bekoe

Secretary

Jillian Bell
Jillian Bell is a Sr. Director in Retail Bank at HSBC Bank of Canada. As a long term supporter of the PCC, she uses her experience in governance, human resources, operations and programme management to serve as a board member. Jillian is a member at New City Baptist Church, where her husband, John, serves as a pastor.
Jillian Bell

Gretchen
Gretchen Van Riesen is a retired executive from CIBC in Human Resources after 40 years of industry experience. She is on a number of pension boards which oversee large public sector pension plans. She has been a longtime supporter of the PCC and active in a number of faith-based community organizations in downtown Toronto, including The Philip Aziz Centre and Emily's House and the community dinners at the Church of Regent Park. She attends Church in the City and the Church in Regent Park.
Gretchen Van Riesen

William T. Weiland
Bill Weiland & his wife Denise have 4 adult children & live in Toronto. He became a Christian in 1983 after the birth of his first son. Bill enjoys speaking on the subject of managing finances in God’s way. A long-time supporter of the PCC, he joined the Board in September 2013 in response to God’s calling to be active in supporting the sanctity of human life. Bill serves as Treasurer on the Pregnancy Care Centre Board of Directors.
William T. Weiland

Treasurer

Tarun George
Tarun George has been a PCC Board Director since 2017, and a dedicated volunteer and supporter since 2012. He uses his experience to assist the PCC's communications and fundraising initiatives. In his professional life, he is the Head of Partnerships at ONPHA, an association of 700 social housing organizations across Ontario. He attends Grace Toronto Church, where he serves as a deacon.
Tarun George

Brad Simpson
Brad Simpson was born and raised in Toronto, where he and his wife, Tyler, live with their three young children. Brad attends Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills with his family, where he serves as a leader within the music ministry. By profession, Brad is a Director with the Bank of Montreal’s Corporate Finance group. Brad and his wife have been strong supporters of the PCC’s work for years, and Brad is honoured to be able to help support the growth of the PCC as a board member.
Brad Simpson

Pam
Pam Lau is a family physician in Markham, where she practises full-spectrum family medicine, seeing newborns to elderly. She earned her medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed her residency training with McMaster University. A PCC supporter since 2016, she has served on the Medical Advisory Committee, and she subsequently joined the Board in 2019. Pam and her family attend Grace Toronto Church - Downtown.
Pamela Lau

History

Reflecting on years of God’s Faithfulness

God has, in his faithfulness has raise up an amazing support community of donors, volunteers, churches, and past clients who together want to help families with unexpected pregnancies to thrive …. to the glory of God.

1981: Toronto chapter of the CAC Formed

In 1981, Howard and Betty McPhee attended a conference where Dr. Everett Koop, the next US Surgeon-General, was speaking. There, they found information on the Christian Action Council (CAC) in the US. Howard was pastor of the Grace & Peace PCA church, and with his and Betty’s encouragement, others in their congregation became concerned for affirming the value of human life in Toronto. Nora Henry, Barbara Challies, and Flora Compton, all from the Grace & Peace church, attended the first “Sanctity of Human Life Conference” in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 1981. On their return, they formed the Toronto chapter of the CAC. In this group…

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1984: Crisis Pregnancy Centre Opened

1984: Crisis Pregnancy Centre Opened

As she built support, Betty felt that the missing element was direct contact with the women they wanted to help. They decided to open a Crisis Pregnancy Centre to reach women with the good news that Jesus loves them and their babies, and they do not need to abort. In October 1984, Malcolm MacInnes found a small office at 5584 Yonge Street (Suite 16), the North York Crisis Pregnancy Centre opened its doors. A CPC help line was started and Catherine, his wife, took on the task of answering the phone and…

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1994 – 2001

1994 – 2001

Shortly after settling in to the Sheppard Avenue premises, Mary retired as Director and joined the Board. Jessie Beck, who had been the Assistant Director, became the Director. After four and a half years, Jessie was followed by Nancy Varga (who later joined the Board), Heidi Quayle, Cathy Dienesch and…

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2007 – 2008 : New Director Hired, Office Moves

2007 – 2008 : New Director Hired, Office Moves

In 2007, Sarah Martin served as interim director, until Linda Baartse, the current director of the PCC, was hired as Executive Director. During Cathy Dienesch’s tenure the PCC moved its North York office to the NW corner of Sheppard and Bayview. In 2008 the North York office was moved to Sheppard and Bathurst.

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2008 – Present: Continued Expansion

2008 – Present: Continued Expansion

The PCC has continued to expand services since 2008 through the First Response Network. Through the use of evening office space provided by a number of churches including Grace Toronto, Westminster Chapel, Stone Church and Christian Centre Church PCC support was extended to serve families downtown, and north to reach serve those near Jane and Steeles. In…

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