Board Of Directors
We are fortunate to have board members who are enthusiastic, engaged individuals from professions including Social Work, Accounting, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, media and promotion and Speech and Language Pathology. We meet quarterly. The board, who includes our Founder and Artistic Director, is also held to their own Code Of Conduct.
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Meet Our Board Members:
Helen Donnelly (President) is an award-winning clown teacher and performer. She is the Founder and Executive, Artistic and Programs Director for Red Nose Remedy. She has worked as a professional Therapeutic Clown since 2004. Her career in this field has included SickKids, Long Term Care facilities across the GTA serving elders with dementia, and for the last 12 years as been a Therapeutic Clown practitioner at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as 'Dr Flap'.
Her career outside healthcare has included touring with Circus Orange and Cirque du Soleil as a clown. She has presented and offered training at healthcare conferences both nationally and internationally since 2007.
Rebecca Maiese (Vice-President) is a Clinician/Social Worker with the George Hull Centre for Children and Families, which is an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto, Ontario, serving children birth to 18 years of age and their families. In this capacity, Rebecca provides assessments, family and individual therapy, as well as group programming and workshops with children experiencing a range of social, emotional, behavioural and attachment issues. Rebecca uses a variety of relational approaches in her work and sees play as an integral part of the therapeutic process. Rebecca has a keen interest in the areas of attachment, trauma, grief, loss and mindfulness. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been working in children’s mental health for over 15 years. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Rebecca first became acquainted with the world of Therapeutic Clown through her late husband, Jamie Burnett, who started the Therapeutic Clown program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Jamie’s passion and dedication to the integrity of the work was infectious. Through his lengthy illness, Rebecca also experienced the many benefits of Therapeutic Clown as a family member, sharing in the experience with Jamie. She is thrilled and honoured to sit on the Board of Red Nose Remedy to honour Jamie’s memory and legacy, as well as support and champion such important work in our communities.
Vibhuti Jethava (Secretary) is a Speech-Language Pathologist at a children's mental health centre in York Region. She is passionate about supporting the most vulnerable children and youth in our community through the healing capacity of playful connection. Vibhuti is an active member of her organization's DEI committee and actively seeks out opportunities to enhance inclusion. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with Therapeutic Clowning to create an interprofessional education session entitled “Medical Reader’s Theatre: Humanity in Healthcare”.
Jacqueline Chevalier (Treasurer) is a CPA (CMA), and currently the Corporate Controller at UGE International Ltd., a solar energy company. She has over 30 years experience at organizations of various sizes, primarily in the banking, telecommunications and IT sectors. Although Jacqueline has no background in healthcare or the arts, she believes passionately in the value of the work that Red Nose Remedy is doing, and is honoured to bring her background and perspective to the team.
Claire Falcon Restituto (Marketing, advertising, branding and design) thrives on the idea that creativity can help improve health care experiences.
Using branding and design to make an impact has always been the goal. With twenty plus years of experience in marketing, advertising, publishing and health care, each industry taught her how branding can bring positive connections. Her current role at Mackenzie Health and Foundation has seen her contribute to campaigns raising millions of dollars for a brand-new hospital as well as evolve brand strategies for uniting the network of care all while providing branding for pandemic operations during unpredictable times and multiple pivots.
Derek Kwan, (apprentice Executive Director, Therapeutic Clown Practitioner): Derek Kwan is a theatre performer and passionate Therapeutic Clown advocate. He has worked as a professional Therapeutic Clown in Taiwan and in Canada, serving pediatrics and elders. Derek is an award-winning performer and he has appeared internationally in shows that run the gamut from opera to theatre to mask and puppetry. As an arts administrator, he has worked with a number of theatre companies to support grant writing, producing, marketing and development, as well as general administration. He completed a Metcalf Foundation Internship in producing and administration with Cahoots Theatre Company. Derek also has an interest in making clown training more accessible to include more people, and in maintaining professional best practices for Therapeutic Clown.