Shania Twain, The Dilawri Foundation and the Surrey School District launch Shania Kids Can Clubhouse at Surrey school


For Immediate Release: June 8, 2015

Shania Twain, The Dilawri Foundation and the Surrey School District launch Shania Kids Can Clubhouse at Surrey school

 SURREY, BC – Shania Twain and the Shania Kids Can Charity Foundation, together with TheDilawri Foundation and Surrey School District, today announced the opening of a Shania Kids Can (SKC) Clubhouse, at Hjorth Road Elementary School (14781 104 Ave, Surrey). Twain, Ajay Dilawri, co-founder of The Dilawri Foundation, and Shawn Wilson, Surrey Board of Education chairperson, kicked off the opening with a news conference and question and answer period.

Created by Canadian country songstress Shania Twain, the SKC Charity Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of at-risk children in Canadian communities by countering adversities such as poverty, abuse or dysfunctional lifestyles through a dedicated support system. Implementing simple initiatives, the charity runs the SKC Clubhouse program to help support under-privileged children by offering them equal opportunities to succeed. SKC Clubhouses in Canada are made possible largely in part by donations from The Dilawri Foundation.

 “It was an honour to open the British Columbia chapter of SKC in Surrey today,” said Shania Twain. “Along with the incredible people at the School Boards, this foundation looks to give at risk children of these communities a future, and I am humbled to help empower these kids to achieve their full potentials.”

“The Dilawri Foundation has long been committed to making a difference in health care and family services across Canada. Our partnership with Shania Kids Can Foundation has allowed us to provide assistance to at-risk children nationwide. We’re proud to provide financial backing to ensure Canada’s youth can live happier, healthier lives,” said Ajay Dilawri, co-founder of The Dilawri Foundation.

Children in the program at Hjorth Road Elementary School in Surrey will take full advantage of proven-effective initiatives that the SKC Clubhouse offers, including academic and psychological support, access to nutritious food, recreational equipment and more. The aim of these in-school and extra-curricular resources is to create a hopeful environment where children can learn, grow and reach their absolute potential.

As an inner-city school, there are many Hjorth Road families that lack resources to provide their children with the opportunities and support other students can access, whether school related or in the community.

“We are thankful to the Shania Kids Can Charity Foundation and The Dilawri Foundation for their generous donation to our school community. Our board is dedicated to providing our students the best opportunities for success. The addition of the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse at Hjorth Road Elementary School will help us to better engage at-risk students in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need,” said Shawn Wilson, Surrey Board of Education chairperson.

The Dilawri Foundation has partnered with SKC to develop programs throughout Canada including Calgary, Toronto, Regina, and Vancouver. Schools interested in applying for a SKC Clubhouse can

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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 tens of 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.

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.

About Surrey Schools  

The Surrey School District has the largest kindergarten to Grade 12 student enrolment in British Columbia. The district has earned a reputation for its leadership in innovative learning initiatives; earning recognition and awards provincially and internationally for its innovation and success in transformative teaching and student support programs.

For all media inquires, images and additional information please contact:

The Dilawri Foundation

Alison Gallagher, Talk Shop Media, / 604-738-2220

Surrey School Board

Doug Strachan, Surrey Schools, / 604-595-6189

Date posted: June 11, 2015

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