The Circle For Change is a grassroots organization that provides opportunities for people to grow, heal and change through connection with the natural world using principles of indigenous wisdom.

The Circle for Change focuses on sharing indigenous stories, healing and traditional knowledge and lifeways through group workshops, one-on-one mentoring, anchoring and traditional counselling, as well as presentations.

Program Founder Shore Charnoe

Program founder Shore Charnoe is of mixed Indigenous and European descent and received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University in Partnership with First Nations Technical Institute in Canada in 2017 after more than 20 years of serving as a foster parent, adoptive parent, family and children’s mentor, volunteer for children’s aid societies, and consultant for child welfare organizations.

Shore also holds an interdisciplinary Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Guelph, with an emphasis in philosophy of education, developmental psychology, and environmental science.

Shore founded The Circle for Change in Brantford, Ontario in 2013.

Shore is a high-functioning autistic woman who has personally overcome many physical limitations, enabling her to have a special connection with the children and parents she serves. She is a mother to 11 adopted and biological children and a grandmother to five, and has been a foster parent or mentor to more than 80 children and youth.  A number of her adoptive children have fetal alcohol syndrome and come from abusive homes where they were victims of severe abuse, neglect, and trauma.

Shore Charnoe

Shore Charnoe, BSW, RSW, BAH, ECE

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