Left: Grace Dixon (Her Mark scholarship recipient), Right: Kia Nurse © Meagan Maher
Since releasing her sixth studio album, Queen of Me, this past February, Shania Twain has been spreading a whole lotta love and music across the globe. The Canadian songstress and beloved country music icon’s Queen of Me tour has taken her from coast to coast and country to country, and this fall, she’s returning home for the final leg of the tour—and she’s saving a spot for someone special.
A Childhood Promise
Although busier than ever, one thing remains constant for the singer: her love of giving back.
True to the vow she made as a child, Twain created Shania Kids Can (SKC), a nonprofit organization supporting children living in similar circumstances to those she faced as a child. The Queen of Me tour offers an incredible platform to spread the word, and with that, SKC set out with a goal to reach more kids.
SKC has partnered with the Leg Up Foundation, Youth Centres Calgary, Spirit North, The Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, with more to come when the tour returns to North America in October. These charities have a similar goal to raise funds that support programs that fulfill basic needs and diminish social challenges for youth living in an environment that cannot adequately provide them.
“Life was difficult in my early years, so a long time ago, I promised myself that one day I would help kids facing crises and economic hardships. Shania Kids Can is fulfilling that promise,” she said. “By providing basic support in the daily lives of these children, not only do you see an immediate change in their education, social life and self-esteem, the long-term outcomes are impressive. There are many stories of hardships that have been overcome and goals that have been realized, but we still have a long way to go.”
Man! I Feel Like a Road Trip!
SKC has teamed up with Canadian nonprofit Her Mark to bring fans the chance to win an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime road trip with the Queen of Me tour.
From November 8th to 14th, the winner and three friends will travel on a private tour bus across western Canada, from Saskatoon to Vancouver, with stops in Calgary and Edmonton. The winners will enjoy VIP access, private excursions, backstage tours and dining, incredible seats at every show, photo ops with Shania and some of Canada’s top female athletes, plus one extraordinary outing with Shania. Fans can enter to win at winshania.com—the contest runs until October 22nd!
A life-long advocate for supporting children, youth, and families, this is another in a long line of Shania’s positive partnerships.
“By partnering with like-minded organizations, we are reaching and supporting more kids, and we’re bringing awareness to local charities in need of funding,” she said. “This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for the winners, they will get to see some of my favourite spots across Canada, and I’ll spend some time with them while on the road.”
This initiative harmonizes beautifully with Her Mark’s mission: empowering the next generation of women through interactions with influential female leaders. Coinciding with the Great Canadian Road Trip, Her Mark has chosen Saskatoon as the sixth stop for an empowering summit on November 8th.
The summit will gather 300 young women from high schools across Saskatchewan at the University of Saskatchewan, where they’ll have the unique chance to learn from and be inspired by Olympians such as Tessa Virtue. As part of the summit, five scholarships, each worth $5,000, will be bestowed upon deserving students to fuel their future educational pursuits.
“We are thrilled to take Her Mark on the road for the first time. We hope to make November’s event the biggest one to date and inspire as many young women as possible as we travel with the tour,” said Her Mark founder Kate Beirness.
Proceeds raised through the Great Canadian Road Trip will go to SKC and Her Mark, supporting and uplifting the lives of children and young women across Canada.
Enter for a chance to win a meet and greet with Shania Twain © Adrian Bretscher Shania Twain and Shania Kids Can (SKC) is giving