Mollypenny is a therapeutic clown who brings joy, laughter and a bit of magic to children receiving care at CHEO.  A hospital stay can be a stressful situation for anyone – particularly young patients – and Mollypenny spends three days every week offering comfort, moral support and a terrific sense of fun to courageous CHEO kids and their families whom she visits throughout the hospital.

Mollypenny helps normalize the hospital environment, and even occasionally takes a “clown in training” along with her to do her rounds for a day (kid clown suit included). This commitment to the emotional health of children who are going through tough times – and the humour, positive energy and affection she spreads throughout the hospital – make Mollypenny one of #150GreatPeople in Ottawa. Here, she answers the questionnaire:

What makes Ottawa special to you?

The Kids. Kids make our city fun. My world revolves around kids and the joy they bring to our lives and the joy that I try to bring to their lives while they undergo their medical journey. I have met thousands of kids and their amazing families and caregivers in my years in this city and each and everyone of them is special. We all start out as kids and then grow into adults, so when you think about it, if Ottawa wasn’t made up of amazing kids, then it wouldn’t have all the amazing adults that it has today.

What do you love most about living and working in Ottawa?

Ottawa is a caring place. I see many acts of kindness every day in my travels throughout the hospital. I see people at CHEO-OCTC always working as a team to give our patients the best possible care. I also see this in our community where folks regularly go the extra mile to help not only kids, but their families. This touches me enormously.

The work that you do helps to make Ottawa a better place – why is this important to you?

It’s what I was meant to do. I feel I am making a difference in the life of a child by empowering him or her and helping grow their self-esteem and their ability to express themselves.

You give back to the Ottawa community in various ways – is there one Ottawa-related achievement of which you are most proud?

I have the honour of attending events that bring joy to kids. These include the Teddy Bear picnic, Candlelighters events, the annual CHEO telethon and many more. These are events that are equally important to our city and the kids and families that attend them.

What do you hope for Ottawa in the future?

It would be amazing if no child was ever sick again, however I know that’s not realistic. That being said, I hope CHEO-OCTC will always be there for kids and their families and that the community continues to support this wonderful organization.

5 thoughts on “Mollypenny

  1. Such an awsome lady. Had the pleasure of meeting her while my Sierra was in CHEO at this time last year.

  2. My daughter recently spent almost 2 weeks at CHEO and had the great privilege of meeting Molly. Molly spent a Morning in the playroom telling jokes and teaching her a few of her magic tricks… Rhubi so enjoyed her time that we had to go out and purchase items so she could practice. This kind gesture allowed Rhubi to take her mind off of the pain. Great job Molly! Thank you for all you do for the kids.

  3. I know Molly Penny as I work at CHEO .She not only brightens the lives of children and families but staff also .Her kindness and compassion help light CHEO up like a Xmas tree

  4. Thank you Molly. Dr. Sandwich & I feel that CHEO-OCTC would be just a hospital if it weren’t for you. You make being sick or hurt & getting the help the kids need ok, they can handle pain & broken bones & having the stay there for many days, weeks, months, years are barable because you make them forget even for a minute that they are sick or hurt & they become children again. So a huge thank you to you & to the staff at CHEO-OCTC for being there.

  5. Molly Penny was always there for me when I was a patient at CHEO. She was always able to put a smile on my face and help me forget about my pain and sickness. She is really an angel dressed as a clown!

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