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Jun 09
Shania Twain opens program in Surrey

​Country pop music superstar Shania Twain has visited Hjorth Road Elementary to open the first Shania Kids Can program in British Columbia.
(Shania Twain cuts the ribbon held by Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson to open the Shania Kids Can program at Hjorth Road Elementary)

The program will provide support for children at the school, including academic and psychological support, access to nutritious food, recreational equipment and more. The aim of these school and extra-curricular resources is to create a hopeful environment where children can learn, grow and reach their potential.

Twain, who says she lived through tough times as a child, has created the program because she wants to counter the challenges faced by children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Regardless of how much talent you have, you need support and without support… you will most likely fall through the cracks,” says Twain. “And I just don’t think it’s fair to leave our kids that vulnerable that they fall through the cracks just because we weren’t aware that this problem existed.”
(Hjorth Road Elementary students present Shania Twain with a banner they made)

Twain and the Dilawari Foundation, which provides donations that help make the Shania Kids Can program possible, were thanked by Shawn Wilson, chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education.

“Our board has always made a priority – and has a strong record – of doing all it can to ensure all students in our district have every chance and every support to realize their potential,” says Wilson.

“It is important to ensure the students from families that aren’t able to access the same resources, that don’t have the same privileges that others do, are supported and encouraged; that they are provided opportunities to shine.

“So I am thrilled our district is partnering with Shania Kids Can Foundation and the Dilawari Foundation to provide a great new resource.”


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