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

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

Christmas Giving 2019

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.

 

Ornaments $5.00

Back-to-school 2019

Once again the Dartmouth East office will be collecting back to school supplies on behalf of the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust.

Olivia was a wonderful young person full of dreams. She loved the anticipation of back-to-school and enjoyed helping other. Olivia’s kindness lives on through her good deeds. Help Olivia continue to do “great things!”

Let’s honour Olivia by donating school supplies in her name. You can drop off your donated items at my office 73 Tacoma Dr suite 204, Mon – Fri 9 to 4

2019 Scholarship Recipient

The Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Scholarship is not an academic achievement based award. It is based on the quality of your character and the good you have done for your school and community through inclusion. It is about what is in your heart. And what a heart our 2019 recipient has!

Congratulations to Brody Boudreau of Prince Andrew High School for being the sole recipient of our 2019 Scholarship!

The essay Brody wrote touched our hearts so deeply that we did something unprecedented. In the past each scholarship award has been $1,000.00. Due to Brody’s incredible spirit, will to achieve, and determination to overcome every obstacle that comes his way Brody will receive $2,000.00 to help him continue his story.

Congratulations Brody as you go on your next journey. You are exactly who Olivia would have wanted in a friend. We look forward to hearing of your future success 😊

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Phoenix Youth Shelter Pizza Party and Cookie Decorating

Our 2018 Christmas giving did not stop with our senior community! We decided to get a little more personal with the younger generation. After a wonderful suggestion by Steve Murray, we reached out to the staff of Phoenix Youth Shelter and offered to host a pizza 🍕party and cookie decorating evening 😊. Olivia would love this!!!

On Sunday, December 16 the Trustees and volunteers brought pizza, chips, fruit and vegetable platters, juice, water and cookies along with all the fixings needed to decorate to Phoenix Youth Shelter in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We got to eat (thank you for the amazing ribs and cole slaw!) chat and share Olivia. We shared why we do what we do with some wonderful people. What a great time! We can’t even begin to explain what an honour it was. Thank you for your questions and the honest, open dialogue that followed.

A great big thank you goes out to Ragan Eagle of Sweet Eagle Bakery for donating the amazing cookies the staff and residents decorated. The delicious cookies were definitely a huge hit! We saw some pretty impressive decorating going on (there may have even been a friendly competition or two 😉)

We we also honoured to do up gift bags for the youth staying at the shelter so they have something just for them this Christmas season 🎄. We included a t-shirt and bracelet with Olivia’s Signature Tree in each bag along with some treats and day-to-day items like deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, brushes, gloves, reusable water bottle and more! We also donated bus tickets, MacDonalds gift cards and Tim Hortons gift cards!

We love giving back to organizations that support our youth – it’s exactly where Olivia would want us to focus 💗.

Bissett Court Nursing Home Donation 2018

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 😊

Back Pack Donation

Olivia’s Trust loves to help provide back-to-school gear!

This time we were able to donate the 38 remaining bags and some school supplies needed to make sure every one of the of 80+ kids registered with the Dartmouth Salvation Army get their very own backpack!

We think there will be some very happy kids who get to pick out their fancy new backpack and school supplies this afternoon!

Thank you to all the people who donate to the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust so we get to continue to do “great things!” in Olivia’s memory 💜

Back-to-school Donation 2018

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 💜

Donation for Phoenix 2017

Next up to receive some kindness this holiday season from Olivia’s Trust is Phoenix.

Olivia’s passion was helping others, especially those less fortunate. She helped many friends who had lost their homes for various reasons so we could think of no better way to honour her memory than to give to Phoenix.

Today Olivia’s Trust donated winter coats, hats, mitts, socks, toiletries and other goodies for 6 females and 6 males 🎁

If you or your family and friends are looking for a way to donate or give back you should consider Phoenix. Go to http://www.phoenixyouth.ca for their Wish List and ways to donate.

“Phoenix is a non-profit, community based organization located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At Phoenix we believe people matter – all people.  Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth between the ages of 11 and 24, families, and communities across multiple locations in Halifax.   Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has unique needs and personal strengths. We believe that people are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them.

Vision

We believe that people matter. All people. We all have the right to respect, dignity, support, and the opportunity to thrive.”

All the best to you and yours this holiday season from Olivia’s Trust 🎄