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

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

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 💜

2018 Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction

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)

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 🎄

Olivia’s Trust acknowledged in the Nova Scotia Legislature – House of Assembly

MLA for Dartmouth East, Tim Halman acknowledged the work of the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust in the Nova Scotia Legislature on September 27, 2017.  Thank you Tim for your very kind words.  We truly appreciate it!

 

 

5 Years

Five years ago today the world lost a little bit of light and wonder when Olivia died. All of those who love her are left missing a part of our hearts and for me, as her mom, a piece of my very soul. 

There are no words that can even begin to to explain what her loss has meant to her friends and family. We miss her smile, her wicked sense of humour and her laugh. We miss her kindness, her compassion and her ability to make each and every person she ever encountered feel like they were special. 

Her desire to help others was known by all her friends. Olivia I had a unique ability to look past the shell and see the hearts of others. The qualities this amazing young lady possessed were unequalled and made her one-of-a-kind. 

Today, April 3rd, I must acknowledge her death but more importantly, I will acknowledge her life. Olivia lived her life to the fullest, with unbridled passion, intense devotion and unmatched love. 

Over the years Olivia taught me many things. She taught me patience, she taught me tolerance, she taught me forgiveness and she taught me what true love feels like. 

She was my most precious gift and I am grateful every day I was chosen to be her mom 💝