She’s been performing since she was eight years old, but Shania Twain still gets stage fright, she admitted during the opening off her newest Shania Kids Can Clubhouse for at-risk kids at Sir Winston Churchill Public School in Brampton, Ont.
“I’m better at singing!” she laughs.
Perhaps she’s nervous because the moment means so much to her. Shania, 49, who grew up in poverty and was often bullied, tells us it’s her mission to provide these children with an escape from the same experiences.
That’s why she and the Dilawri Foundation have teamed up to open a total of four clubhouses in Canadian schools this year to provide students with food, academic support, counselling and more.
“You are living my dream,” the mother of one told students. “I wanted the program to exist when I was your age. So I’m so excited for you. And I would do it all over again if I could do it like this.”
After her exciting announcement, we caught up with the devoted mom and wife – she’ll celebrate her fourth wedding anniversary with Frédéric Thiébaud in January – for an exclusive chat about her family, charity work and leaving Las Vegas behind in our new issue of Hello! Canada – on newsstands Thursday!