Caring Clowns

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Explore your sense of fun and compassionate spirit by becoming a Caring Clown. This unique, hands-on program trains volunteers to bring cheer to residents in long-term care homes. Caring Clown courses offer playful exercises, informative discussions, and skill-building activities that develop imagination, spontaneity, and musicality.

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Susan Hay from Global TV “Making a Difference” visits with our Caring Clowns about the difference they can make in the community.

Our Instructors

Lynda Del GrandeLynda Del Grande is the architect of and principal instructor for the Programs for 50+ Caring Clown program. She holds a Master of Education degree in Adult Education (OISE), and has worked as a teacher, life coach, certified Laughter Yoga leader, and therapeutic clown. Lynda has studied clown over many years with several master teachers, including Mike Kennard, John Turner (Mump and Smoot), Helen Donnelly, and Fiona Griffiths. In April 2012, Lynda received an Excellence in Volunteering award from Toronto Long-term Care Homes and Services.


Liz RappeportLiz Rappeport is a movement teacher and coach with The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO program at Programs for 50+. She draws from a diverse background as an artist, dancer, yoga teacher, bioenergetic psychotherapist, massage therapist, and student of eastern and western movement forms and meditative traditions. She is a co-founder of Mindful Journey, a meditative teaching program that emphasizes body/mind awareness. Liz finds great joy in helping students fully express the physicality and voice of their clown characters through the Caring Clown program.


Course Series Information

“As a Caring Clown, I developed the ability to bring laughter and joy and derived much pleasure in the process. Our clown presence is healing, empowering, and uplifting.”

— Audrey Lowitz, Graduate, Caring Clown Program

This program is for older adults who want to make a difference by bringing joy, laughter, and fun into the lives of long-term care residents. Through three courses, students are trained in clowning techniques and achieve an understanding of aging and the dementia process. In addition, working closely with long-term care homes, a practicum provides an opportunity for the Caring Clown to gain experience.

Courses are taught using a combination of lectures, activities, supervised practicum experience, and other interactive learning opportunities. Students submit written journals outlining their practicum involvement and undergo a final interview with the course instructor.

Click here for more information about the Course Series, including the list of required courses and supplementary workshops.

Program Information Session

Questions about the enrolment process? Want to know more about this course series? Attend a free information session:

Thursday, September 15, 2016
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Room 303, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street

RSVP your attendance to Mena Carravetta at or 416.979.5103.

Ready to enrol?

Visit Enrolment for detailed information on how to enrol in individual courses. Returning students can enrol in person (at 350 Victoria Street), by mail, or online. New students will need to request a Ryerson Student Number and Ryerson Online Identity in order to enrol online; they can also enrol in person or by mail.