Caring Clowns

Caring Clowns in front of Toronto City Hall and on the Ryerson University campus

Program Information Session

For more detailed information and to receive an information package please contact Mena Carravetta at 416.979.5000, ext. 3850. Want to know more about this course series? Attend a free information session:

Thursday, September 12, 2019
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Room 303, Heaslip House
297 Victoria Street, Toronto

RSVP your attendance to Mena Carravetta at or 416.979.5000, ext. 3850.

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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.

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

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.

This program is for adults 50+ 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.

Academic Coordinator

Lynda Del GrandeLynda Del Grande is the architect of and principal instructor for the Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement 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, Fiona Griffiths, and John Beale. Lynda received an Excellence in Volunteering award from Toronto Long-term Care Homes and Services and Ryerson University's Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award.

Toronto Challenge

The Toronto Challenge is Sunday, June 9, 2019. Learn more about how you can support Team Caring Clown.

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 can enrol in person or by mail. If new students wish to enrol online, they will need to request a Ryerson Student Number and Ryerson Online Identity.

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