Annual Report 2019 - Cuddles, Laughs & Songs

Cuddles, Laughs & Songs

Donor-funded care is all around the IWK. Read how you've helped support patients in different ways.

SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

DoradoThe first program of its kind in Atlantic Canada, the IWK’s SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is improving response to childhood abuse and trauma. The centre is a welcoming, child and youth-friendly place where professionals work together to provide a streamlined approach. Together they provide forensic interviews; medical exams; mental health services; court support and preparation; access to Dorado, an Accredited Facility Dog; and personalized follow up.

IWK Therapeutic Clown

BuddingtonAs the IWK’s therapeutic clown, Buddington helps patients through humour, magic, music and play. On a typical day, Buddington interacts with approximately 30 IWK patients and their families. Some meetings are planned and in patient rooms, while others are impromptu—sometimes happening in the elevator! With every patient, Buddington always seeks their permission to say hello and see if they’d like to play.

Music Therapy

Darrel CameronIn his role as music therapist, Darrel Cameron supports patients and helps them to express themselves creatively. Through singing, songs, recording, listening and learning instruments, Darrel helps patients and their families throughout their healthcare journey.


Health care experiences can be scary and stressful for children and youth and can often induce fear, confusion and changes in behaviour. Buddington the Clown and music therapist Darrel Cameron are two professionals who help patients work through these emotions and experiences via therapeutic play and music.

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