The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre Emergency Shelter opened its doors January 2021 as a 25 bed emergency shelter. Now with the addition of 15 new beds, they have become the largest emergency shelter in Halifax!
Through the power of social media we heard they were in need of several items to be able to handle the increased occupancy and of course we responded immediately! We have donated over $500 worth of much needed wish-list items and hope others in our amazing community can donate as well.
Below is a list of some needed items:
Spring/Summer clothes for all genders
Footwear for all genders
Individual snack items
We realize we are in difficult times (this is the second year we have not been able to hold our major fundraiser), but if you can, please consider helping those less fortunate – just like Olivia always did ♥️
Looking to buy or sell a property? Contact local realtor Christine Clark with Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd. Christine generously donates a portion of every commission to a local charity and has graciously offered to donate to the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust!
Give her a call to get started on your new journey as we continue to help Olivia on hers!
October 23rd we will mark Olivia’s 24th birthday 🎂 with our annual “Compassion and Kindness Celebrates Olivia Day!”
On this day we ask everyone, everywhere to perform random acts of compassion and kindness in your community. Your act can be grand or the smallest you can imagine – either way, we will honour and remember Olivia and her kind, compassionate spirit of helping others.
Share this post and let us know what you did – you may be an inspiration to others!
We are so pleased to announce Julia Yurchesyn is the recipient of the 2020 Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Scholarship for $1000.00 🎓
Julia embodies everything Olivia’s scholarship is all about. Kindness, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship and giving back. Julia’s school and community involvement plus her volunteerism is an example for us all. From her participation in the school band and musicals and involvement in the Student Council Social Justice Committee to youth leader at her church to charity work in support of the IWK. Her true passion about female leadership even lead her to found Girls for Girls at the Woodlawn Library! The focus of Girls for Girls is goal-setting, relationships, self-image and strengths. What a wonderful, supportive environment she has created for teen girls to thrive in! Simply amazing 🌟
Please join us in congratulating Julia for her achievements. Julia will be pursuing a career as a teacher 👩🏫
Jym Line Glassware’s COVID 19 fundraiser has been a complete success! Today, Tom Adams, the owner of Jym Line was able to donate an additional $2000.00 among Shumilacke Food Bank, Sharing and Caring Angel Tree Food Bank and the East Hants Family Resource Centre in East Hants!
Olivia’s Trust has again matched these donations for HRM. Our donations went equally to East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank, P.A.C.T. (Parents and Children Together Resource Centre), Margaret’s House and Hope for Wildlife.
Jym Line Glassware will continue to promote this fundraiser in the hopes of future donations to other organizations who are trying to help those affected by COVID 19. If you are interested in purchasing a glass 🥃 go to the Jym Line Glassware Facebook page for details.
Olivia loved to help others in need and we love to honour her memory 💗
Here is the glass that started it all… Jym Line Glassware Ltd. created this glass as a fundraiser to help out in their community during this tumultuous time. Each glass is $10 (taxes include) of which $5 is being donated to local area organizations in East Hants where Jym Line is located.
The glass proved to be so popular, the first run SOLD OUT in a few hours on April 15 and Tom Adams, President is Jym Line was able to donate $535.00 to the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree Food Bank on April 16! Now that’s how it’s done! Way to go Tom 👊🏼 Tom has committed to printing more glasses and is currently working on reserving orders for the next run due by April 23.
Olivia’s Trust works closely with Jym Line as they are an ardent supporter of The Trust in all ways. The Trust has decided to match Jym Line’s donations to organizations in HRM, with a focus on Dartmouth as that is Olivia’s community. Our first donation of $535.00 will be to the St. Thomas More Food Bank in East Dartmouth. Our second donation is earmarked for P.A.C.T. (Parents and Children Together) in Cole Harbour.
If you would like to help these efforts please consider buying a glass (go to the Jym Line Glassware Facebook page for details on how to purchase a glass for yourself or someone else). You can also make donations directly to the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust with directions that your donation be reserved for COVID 19 relief and we will ensure that is where it goes.
This is the time of year we excitedly put out a post announcing our upcoming annual Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction fundraiser. This event has always been held the Saturday after the May Victoria Day long weekend. While we have the alley booked for May 23rd, it is currently closed due the virus 🦠. We do not know if it will re-open by this date or what social distancing will look like at that time.
We will likely have to postpone or possibly cancel our event for the safety and well-being of our supporters. We are debating whether to run some of the components such as the ever popular Craft Beer, Wine and Spirit Board and a handmade quilt raffle. Stay tuned for updates.
Olivia’s Trust still plans to award a post-secondary scholarship to a student currently set to graduate from Prince Andrew High School in June 2020. Since schools are closed and we do not know when they will re-open, it may not be possible for students wishing to apply to get their applications in to Student Services by the May 15th deadline. Therefore, if you are a student or know of a student that will graduate this year and wish to apply for our scholarship, please send your essay along with 2 letters of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Olivia’s Trust will soon be making donations to organizations in most need that meet our mandate. Once we have made our choices, another post will go out to let you know where your support is helping during these uncertain and challenging times.
Mark your calendars 📆 folks! We have booked our Annual Bowling Tournament 🎳 and Silent Auction for 7 pm Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Woodside Bowlarama!
Join us for a laughter-filled night of fun as we get together to do those things Olivia loved most – bowling 🎳 and shopping 🛍. All in an effort to raise money to support the ongoing work we do for the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust
Not only will you have the opportunity to participate in the coveted bowling tournament (winners take home bragging rights), but you will also be able to bid on a multitude of fantastic items in the Silent Auction. Plus we will have a bake table, assorted raffles, 50/50 and our very popular Craft Beer, Wine and Spirit Board (details to follow)! And of course we will have Olivia’s Signature Tree items for sale as well!
Cost: $25.00 per person (5 person teams) if you wish to book a lane to bowl in the tournament
NOTE: An event will be created through our Face Book page closer to the event. Be sure to reserve your lane early as spots fill quickly for this event.
🎁 If you are interested in donating items for the Silent Auction please contact us directly via the website, Face Book, email: email@example.com or call Dale at 902-880-6848.
Trustees, friends and volunteers with the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust are excited to announce Christmas Giving 2019!
On Monday, December 23rd, Olivia’s Trust is hosting a Christmas Bingo for the senior residents at Ocean View Continuing Care Centre in Eastern Passage. We look forward to helping the residents with their games while giving out all the Bingo prizes we purchased for this festive event. We will be providing items to hopefully make day-to-day living more enjoyable and a little easier for the residents and staff as well as some extra special gifts for patients living with dementia. And of course some of Olivia’s Signature Tree items will make their way to the Centre as well!
At the end of the Bingo there will be a special performance by The Unconscious Collective Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella group of Halifax university students.
We truly want to thank everyone who attended our fundraisers, donated money, time and items for our auction and supported us this year. It is because of your kindness and generosity we are able to pay it forward by helping those less fortunate in our communities.