10 Years

How do you even begin to explain the loss of a child? You can’t. It’s as simple as that. There are no words…

Even after 10 years I still can’t articulate how Olivia’s death has affected me, her family, her friends or those close to her. It’s just not possible.

What I can tell you is how much she changed the lives of those who knew her during the 15 years we got with her…. Simply put, she changed our lives for the better.

All those who know her through reading or hearing “Olivia‘a Story” have also been changed. I’m told time and again that they share her story with others. She lives on in the hearts and minds of every single person she touched in whatever form. We hope Olivia’s kindness, compassion and lack of judgement is an example to everyone.

We can only hope that we have that much of an impact with the lives we live and the way we make others feel. Try to help in your community when and where you can. Reach out to others in need even when they don’t ask for help. Share what you have. It’s amazing what small gestures can have the largest impact.

In short, be like an Olivia ♥️

Drum Roll Please…

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to volunteer, bowl and bid! Despite all the obstacles of Covid 19 restrictions we still raised $3,974.75! This money will be going back to our community as we make donations to organizations that support our youth, animals in need and those less fortunate.

There are so many we need to thank who come together to make this event a success. A special shout out to Nicole and Tom for their suggestions, time and continued support. Thanks to Steve, Courtnee, Jennifer and Jason for volunteering your time to help this event run so smoothly. Thank you Tom, Aly and Ragan for the bake table goodies. And thank you to Nicole and Courtnee for the plant table- it was an addition this year and a huge hit!

To all those who donated an item for the silent auction, we are so grateful for your generosity. This really is the key to making this event a major fundraiser and we could not do it without your support. We want to take the time to acknowledge all those who donated this year:

  • Big Spruce Brewing
  • Lake City Cider
  • Bulwark Cider
  • Marmor designs
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Charm Jewelry
  • Doodle Custom Designs
  • Sweet Eagle Bakery
  • Sage & Sweetgrass
  • Dartmouth Central Plumbing and Heating
  • Hirtle Promotions
  • Chef Inspired
  • Studio East
  • Courtnee’s Weighted Blankets
  • Propeller Brewing Company
  • Grand Pre Winery
  • The Church Brewing Company
  • Underwood Baitworks
  • Scott McKenzie
  • Nicole Murray
  • Guilio and Sabina Accardi
  • Cathy MacKay
  • Ross Lloy
  • Bill Pratt
  • Brent Hirtle
  • Ragan Eagle
  • Dale Jollota
  • Tom Adams
  • Rias Jollota

We are so glad everyone who came out enjoyed their time and celebrated Olivia’s 25th birthday doing all the things she loved most. We bowled, we shopped, we ate and we laughed our way through a fantastic evening of fun-filled fundraising to continue our mission of helping Olivia do “great things!”

Stay tuned for an online auction we will be holding in late November for those who were unable to attend this event but still want to support Olivia’s Trust 😊 (details to follow)

Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre Emergency Shelter Donation

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
  • Backpacks
  • Socks/underwear
  • Juice boxes
  • Individual snack items
  • Coffee grounds/tea
  • Reusable cups
  • Plastic utensils
  • Toothpaste/razors/feminine products

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 ♥️

Local realtor gives back by supporting Olivia’s Trust ♥️

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!

2020 Compassion and Kindness Celebrates Olivia Day!

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!

2020 Scholarship Recipient

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 👩‍🏫

COVID 19 Donations – Round 2!

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 💗

Stay safe!

COVID 19 Donations

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.

Thank you and stay safe, Olivia’s Trust Team

Olivia’s Trust COVID 19 🦠Update

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 dale@livstrust.com 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.

Thank you and stay safe ~ Dale, Nicole and Tom

SAVE THE DATE!

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: dale@livstrust.com or call Dale at 902-880-6848.