Shania Twain and The Dilawri Foundation Launch the First Shania Kids Can Clubhouse in Calgary
Shania Kids Can
July 7, 2014
CALGARY (July 7, 2014) – Shania Twain, the world’s best-selling female country artist of all time, together with The Dilawri Foundation and the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) kicked off the first ever Calgary Shania Kids Can (SKC) Clubhouse at Catherine Nichols Gunn School today.
The SKC is Shania’s non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in communities across the world. The program, founded as a response to the difficulties Shania endured as a youth, is designed to implement simple, yet effective, initiatives to increase the potential of students in the program to live successful, fulfilling lives.
“I’m so excited that the students of Catherine Nichols Gunn School will have the opportunity to utilize the new SKC Clubhouse,” says Shania Twain. “All children deserve a safe and supportive environment where they have the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop into successful individuals. I hope this clubhouse is that space for them.”
The SKC Clubhouse at Catherine Nichols Gunn School was made possible through a partnership between the SKC and The Dilawri Foundation. “We are honoured to share with Shania Kids Can a commitment to provide our children with opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability,” says Kap Dilawri, Co-Founder of The Dilawri Group of Companies. “The need for this program is nation-wide and we want to help expand the reach of this life-altering program to students across Canada.”
The SKC Clubhouse at Catherine Nichols Gunn School is a brightly decorated room which is supplied with rich academic, nutritional, therapeutic, and extra-curricular activities for students in the program.
“We were delighted when the SKC Foundation approached the CBE to partner together to make this happen,” says Cathy Faber, superintendent of Learning Innovation for the CBE. “While there is a large academic component to school, we recognize the need for students to be supported socially and emotionally to succeed academically. The SKC program will help provide that support through the funding of a program coordinator who will be a caring and consistent adult in these students’ lives.”
The Dilawri Foundation and Shania Kids Can have united in a common goal to give back to Canadian communities by developing programs throughout Canada launching in Calgary, Toronto, Regina, and Vancouver.
About Shania Kids Can
The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires, and empowers children in communities to achieve their full potential while increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. Through this vision, the Shania Kids Can Foundation provides children who are at risk of losing their opportunity to be the best they can be because they are suffering from poverty, disregard, abuse, or an overall dysfunctional family lifestyle with the chance to overcome the effects that these challenges may be having on their ability to function at an optimum level during the school day. www.shaniakidscan.com
About The Dilawri Foundation
For more than two decades, the Dilawri Family has shown a deep commitment in supporting communities across Canada. With donations in the $ millions, the generosity of the family has touched thousands of lives, and continues to leave a lasting impression. In 2002, Founders Tony, Kap and Ajay Dilawri established The Dilawri Foundation to oversee the family’s philanthropic activities. Through targeted philanthropy, The Dilawri Foundation continues to make a positive difference in the health care, medical research and family services world. www.dilawrifoundation.ca/