Shania Twain may be a country icon, but she was sure to let a group of children know that she didn’t grow up with a silver spoon.
The singer spoke to a class at Hjorth Road Elementary School yesterday in Surrey, British Columbia, to talk about how she grew up in poverty in Timmons, Ontario. But most importantly, she was there to launch British Columbia’s first Shania Kids Can program – a group where children receive the support that they may not be getting at home, including nutritious food and counselling.
She admitted to the young faces that sometimes growing up, her family couldn’t always afford shampoo. And most of the time, she was changing schools because her family had trouble affording basic costs.
“I changed schools 17 times during my childhood, for various reasons,” Twain told listeners. “Either we had to leave the town because we couldn’t pay the bills and we had to just move or my dad had to get a new job… for various reasons, we moved around a lot.”
Twain will be performing on Tuesday night at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.