Jamie Burnett with Helen Donnelly, 2008
This company of gentle fools came together under the direction of Helen Donnelly who, like many of her colleagues, was inspired by other similar organizations around the globe. She wanted to offer Ontario clown artists the appropriate training in order for them to practice in a manner that would match global best practice standards. She was encouraged in particular by her former clown partner Jamie Burnett (who died in 2011) to create an academic program: and so in the fall of 2018 their dream finally came true. 8 clown artists were carefully selected and given artistic, healthcare and psychosocial training along with a pediatric and geriatric placements through her Therapeutic Clowning Certificate Program (via George Brown College Continuing Education).
This was the second Certificate Program in the world and a first for North America.
These wonderful graduates are prepared for a bright future in healthcare and beyond, serving children, adults and elders in care.
Therapeutic Clowning Certificate Program
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