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.
Dust off your shoes and shine your balls folks! For the first time since 2019 we are holding our “Annual” Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction 🎳 With the gradual lifting of many Covid restrictions, we can finally hold our major fundraiser and have a ball doing it 😊 see below for details:
Date: October 23, 2021
Time: 8 pm – close
Location: Woodside Bowlarama Cost: $25 per person to bowl (includes shoe rental)
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Olivia’s 25th birthday than bowling and raising money to help her continue to do “great things!” This is such a fun night for everyone from volunteers to participants while we bowl, bid, shop, laugh and eat our way to an amazing night. Remember to bring some cash for the 50/50, bake table, assorted raffles and of course Olivia’s Signature Tree items.
We will have 10 lanes initially so space is limited (more lanes will be available after 9 pm if you decide you want to bowl). If you want to reserve a lane, or donate a silent auction item please reach out to Dale on the Facebook page (an event will be created) or by email: email@example.com
Bring your wallets and generous spirit while we celebrate Olivia, enjoy the sport she loved and raise some money 💰. (Cash and e-transfer only)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 😊.
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 👩🏫
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.