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Kalamalka Caring Klowns are ready to start training

The Kalamalka Caring Klowns are therapeutic clowns who visit at hospitals and care facilities throughout the North Okanagan as well as take part in community events, such as the IPE parade. - Photo submitted
The Kalamalka Caring Klowns are therapeutic clowns who visit at hospitals and care facilities throughout the North Okanagan as well as take part in community events, such as the IPE parade.
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If you are looking for a way of bringing joy and happiness into the lives of others, the Kalamalka Caring Klowns (KCK) would like to talk to you.

A caring — or therapeutic — clown is a volunteer who visits hospitals or nursing home to help bring good humour, laughter and feelings of wellness to those who are unwell, or who may be recuperating from surgery and other treatments.

Therapeutic clowns are trained to deal with the hospital and nursing home environment in a very specific manner.

“They learn about the psychology of humour, the benefits of laughter, they are taught listening skills and how to help someone have a smile who may not feel like smiling,” said Beverley (Rainbow) Barling, with the KCK. “They are taught about diversity issues and how to be inclusive of all the people they may meet in their journey as a therapy clown.

“Therapeutic clowns are specially trained caring and compassionate human beings who give away their heartfelt love.”

Therapeutic clowns educate the community regarding the benefits of laughter and foster community spirit through organized related community functions. Most important he or she is someone of compassion and sensitivity.”

The KCK will hold their annual training workshop April 12 and 13. If you feel you would like to join, please call Bubbles at 250-546-6393 or Rainbow at 250-558-3576.

 

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