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.
Are you, or do you know of a student graduating in 2022 who plans to pursue a post-secondary education? If so, they may qualify for the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Scholarship.
Olivia’s scholarship is not based on your academic achievements, it is based on the quality of your character. How have you helped your school and your community become better places to be? Show us in an essay what you do to be inclusive, accepting, non-judgemental, kind and compassionate – like Olivia did 💜
In addition to your amazing essay, please have two teachers/community members provide a letter of reference then email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your school to send it in. Best of luck to all who apply!
NOTE: Deadline for applications is May 15, 2022 for consideration.
We are so pleased to announce we have awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 to Victoria O’Brien and Jacintha (Jai) Shankle ♥️
These amazing people embody what Olivia’s scholarship is all about. Their dedication to helping others feel welcome and accepted is obvious in their every day actions. They have made their schools and communities better places through their existence and we could not be more proud to play a small role on their journey.
Good luck at St. Francis Xavier University and Acadia University in the fall. These schools will benefit from your amazing ability to be kind, compassionate, forgiving and accepting ♥️
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 ♥️
Are you or do you know a student graduating this year in Nova Scotia who wants to pursue a post-secondary education? Consider the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Scholarship.
To apply, please write an essay outlining how you have made your community and school a better, more inclusive space for others. Your marks are not a consideration for this scholarship, your heart is. Please include 2 letters of reference and send your application to email@example.com 😊.
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 👩🏫
Nothing makes us happier at The Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust than to give back to our community! As part of our annual Christmas Giving 🎄Olivia’s Trust was thrilled to be able to donate needed items to the Bissett Court Nursing Home on Chameau Crescent in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
So often our seniors do not have everything they need while living in care. That is where Olivia’s Trust got to step in! We were given a list of items that are most needed on a day-to-day basis and were more happy to provide everything they asked for – and then some!
If you are searching for a place to do some good this giving season why not approach a local nursing home in your community and reach out to see what they may need. Your gesture, no matter how small can mean the world to someone 😊
The Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust is so very happy to be able to donate 8 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies to the Woodlawn United Church.
Each student will receive a backpack, zippered binder, 2 packs of loose leaf, graph paper, report cover, 4 duo-tangs, single subject and 3-subject notebooks, page dividers, scientific calculator, 16 GB USB, pens, pencils, liquid paper and a pencil case along with a custom “Olivia’s Signature Tree” water bottle. We are also supplying bus tickets to help kids in need get back and forth to school.
Olivia would be thrilled to know she is helping kids go back to school in style so they can have a great new school year!
Thank you to every single person who supports us through our fundraising efforts so we can continue to do “great things!” in Olivia’s memory. Her kindness and compassion lives on in each of us 💜
Family, friends and volunteers of the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust invite you to our Annual Bowling Tournament 🎳 and Silent Auction Fundraiser! Let’s all come together to raise funds so we can continue to help Olivia do “Great Things!”
DATE: May 26, 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm
COST: $25.00 per person (includes shoe rental if needed). Book your lane early as we always sell out!
This fun-filled evening begins at 7 pm sharp with a 3-string bowling tournament consisting of 14 teams (5 bowlers per team). Winner takes home a ribbon 🏅 and bragging rights! (We ask the bowlers to arrive at 6:30 for lane assignments)
During the tournament we will also be holding our Silent Auction with tons of great items to bid on – bring your wallets (cash, e-transfer and cheques only).
All evening we will be selling Olivia’s Signature Tree items, holding a bake sale, 50/50 draw, weighted blanket raffle and selling spaces on our NEW Wine and Craft Beer Board!
We cannot think of a better way to honour and celebrate Olivia since her passion was bowling! All funds raised this evening will go back to our community in the form of post-secondary scholarships and donations to organizations that focus on our youth, animals in need and those less fortunate.
~ Don’t forget to join our Face Book Event to see updates and the silent auction items as they become available 😊
NOTE: If you would like to donate an item, gift certificate or service for the Silent Auction let us know and we will make arrangements to pick it up)