2021 Scholarship Winners!

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 ♥️

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 ♥️

2021 Scholarship

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 dale@livstrust.com 😊.

Application deadline is May 15, 2021!!!

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!

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

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.

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

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 💗.