Therapeutic Clown Program
What is a Therapeutic Clown?
A Therapeutic Clown is a specially trained professional who works in health care settings to bring laughter, companionship and delight to patients and their families.
Imagine how scary and intimidating a hospital can be to a young person. There are children that stay in hospital and spend days, months and sometimes even longer, away from their home and family.
Our Therapeutic Clown helps minimize the stress for our young patients and their families during treatments, while having medical procedures, or to fill the time while family members wait for a loved one to have surgery. This can be a great comfort to these young patients and their families.
Our Clown creates long-lasting relationships and some happy memories in a time that is trying.
Although our medical personnel are essential to the health of our patients, to a child Butterfly could very well be the most important person that they meet in the hospital. She is the only person at the QEII hospital who is not doing any medical procedures.
Butterfly is a positive influence in any situation that can be confusing, scary and sometimes even painful to a young person. If you believe happiness can aid in healing then you’ll feel good about donating to this program.
The Therapeutic Clown Program does not just end with the children, Butterfly makes all of us smile. At the QEII Hospital, we consider Butterfly part of the hospital healthcare team, joining in the healing and wellness efforts of the patients, and supporting all types of healthcare delivery systems.
The Therapeutic Clown Program is not funded by public health dollars. Without sponsorships and /or your donations we would not have this valuable program. Your support will truly make a difference in a child’s life and also in the lives of their families.
Butterfly cruises the halls of the QEII Hospital twice a week dispensing her own brand of medicine – healing through laughter and joy. The car she drives is equipped with an IV pole and two spots to carry oxygen tanks so that no child has to be left behind!
Individuals and Businesses get an opportunity to have their names displayed on the Therapeutic Clown Donor Wall which is located inside the Car Garage. The garage sits in the highest traffic area of the Hospital by the main entrance and just outside of the gift shop.