Lottery Tree 2017

We are pleased to share our “Lottery Tree” Fundraiser for Spring 2017!

Don’t miss your chance to win $100.00 worth of Lottery scratch tickets… Β You could wind up being Set for Life!

Cost: $5.00 each. Tickets can be purchased by contacting us through the website, on Facebook or during our May 27th fundraiser.

Draw Date: May 27th (during our 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction 🎳

Good luck everyone 😊

Olivia’s Legacy

As we prepare for our annual Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction fundraiser on May 27th I started to feel like I was letting Olivia down.  I began to sit with this, to try to understand where this feeling was coming from. Here is what I realized. 

There have been very few opportunities to share “Olivia’s Story” with the people I want to reach the most, our youth. (I know Olivia would want others to learn from her mistake, not repeat it). The main way this happens is by being invited in to schools to share her story. I get asked by parents all the time if I would be willing to come to their child’s school and of course I say YES!!!  

However, it is not that easy. It is always a challenge to get administrators to allow “Olivia’s Story” to be heard. My personal belief being they are afraid if students hear her story they will get scared or worse, they will go out do the same…  The fact is, hearing her story will not “make” anyone abuse drugs. This is a very antiquated way of thinking!  This same reason was used when Sex Education was being proposed – if we talk about it, they will do it…  I believe, if we give our youth the correct information to help them develop their critical thinking skills and make safe choices we can only help them, and society as a whole, in the long run. 

As far as being scared, there is no easy, gentle or happy way to tell “Olivia’s Story”. Kids will also be upset they will be sad and they may even cry. And that’s okay. Every parent and educator I have spoken to would rather the kids hear the truth then sugar coat it. 

The fact is kids as young as Grade 5 are experimenting with prescription pain pills. These kids are getting their “facts” from their friends or the Internet!  The dangers of experimenting with pills is not being taught to our students even though there is curriculum in place to assist teachers. However, the new curriculum that addresses prescription pain pills is not an outcome so it does not have to be taught!

So, even though I have not been able to share her story with our students through school presentations I know “Olivia’s Story” has been shared many times in many ways since our last bowling tournament: 

June 2016, CBC News at 6 had a segment which covered the scholarship presentation at Prince Andrew High School which in turn gave me the chance to share why the work of The Trust in memory of Olivia. 

Around Christmas a couple of newspaper articles fr m Wast Hants mentioned The Trust and “Olivia’s Story” which in turn caused increased traffic to our site. 

In March, a short documentary titled “Live On” was created by two wonderful Kings College students, Jess Hirtle and Delaney MacKay. “Live On” was viewed during a documentary showcase on March 24 and will be submitted to the Atlantic Film Festival for a chance to be screened (link will follow at a letter date). 

And over the last several months, coming up to the 5 year remembrance of Olivia’s death, people have been sharing her story via social media either directly or by copying the link to her story from our website while commenting on other stories. I have also spoken directly to many people who have popped in to my workplace. These curious individuals who asked what the items with Olivia’s Signature Tree are for likely got more than they bargained for when I shared the work of The Trust along with “Olivia’s Story” on a very personal level. These wonderful people have then gone home and shared her story with the youth in their lives!  How remarkable is all this?  

Looking back now, having put all that happened in perspective, I can’t believe I ever felt like I was letting my girl down πŸ’—

3rd Annual Bowling 🎳 Tournament and Silent Auction 

We are very excited to announce the 3rd Annual Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Bowling 🎳 Tournament and Silent Auction!  

This year our fantastic fundraiser will be held the evening of Saturday, May 27th.  Not only will there be a bowling tournament (winners get bragging rights πŸ˜‰) and of course our Silent Auction full of amazing prizes, we will have raffle ticket sales for a custom Weighted Blanket (provided by Courtnee’s Weighted Blankets), a Lottery Ticket Basket with $100.00 worth of lottery scratch tickets, a 50/50 draw, bake table and sales of Olivia’s Signature Tree items!!!  

This is, without a doubt one of the best ways we could possibly raise money so we continue to help Olivia do “great things” πŸ’œ

Head on over to our Facebook page and click on “Events” for more details 😊

5 Years

Five years ago today the world lost a little bit of light and wonder when Olivia died. All of those who love her are left missing a part of our hearts and for me, as her mom, a piece of my very soul. 

There are no words that can even begin to to explain what her loss has meant to her friends and family. We miss her smile, her wicked sense of humour and her laugh. We miss her kindness, her compassion and her ability to make each and every person she ever encountered feel like they were special. 

Her desire to help others was known by all her friends. Olivia I had a unique ability to look past the shell and see the hearts of others. The qualities this amazing young lady possessed were unequalled and made her one-of-a-kind. 

Today, April 3rd, I must acknowledge her death but more importantly, I will acknowledge her life. Olivia lived her life to the fullest, with unbridled passion, intense devotion and unmatched love. 

Over the years Olivia taught me many things. She taught me patience, she taught me tolerance, she taught me forgiveness and she taught me what true love feels like. 

She was my most precious gift and I am grateful every day I was chosen to be her mom πŸ’