Shania Twain and Dilawri Foundation help level the playing field for Surrey kids

The Georgia Straight
By Charlie Smith
June 8, 2015

Shania Twain has sold zillions of albums, but the pride of Timmins hasn't lost her passion for the little people.

Today, the woman born Eilleen Regina Edwards was at Hjorth Road elementary school in Surrey to launch Western Canada's first Shania Kids Can program.

It's being done in partnership with the Surrey school district and the Dilawri Foundation which was founded by the family that owns Canada's largest automotive group.

Shania Kids Can and the Dilawri Foundation have been working together for four years to help underprivileged children in Canada receive academic, therapeutic, and nutritional support to help them excel.

Twain herself certainly wasn't born with a silver spoon. As a child in a hardscrabble mining town in northern Ontario, she was desperately poor. But she still managed to start writing songs at the age of 10.

Her mom and stepfather died in a car accident in 1987, which meant Twain had to look after her three siblings while in her very early 20s.

Along the way, she even worked the counter at McDonald's.