Oliver Martin and his close friend, Dylan Ellis, were shot and killed while innocently waiting in a car in downtown Toronto just after midnight on Friday, June 13, 2008. This horrific crime devastated friends and family, shocked the country, and remains unsolved. The two vibrant, successful and giving 25 year old young men shall be forever missed and remembered.
In Oliver’s honour, and to provide inspiration and support to others, Oliver Martin’s family established the Oliver Martin Memorial Trust Fund. In recognition of Oliver’s lifelong challenge with dyslexia, the Trust Fund has linked with the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA) to fund specific programs to:
- promote awareness of dyslexia
- improve identification and assessment of children with dyslexia, and
- train teachers to effectively work with students with dyslexia
By funding programs in these three areas it will be possible to enhance the lives of many of the 1 in 10 children with dyslexia.
About Oliver Martin
Oliver was identified as having dyslexia at a young age but with support and determination he had a very successful academic career. Oliver completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Concordia University and was working towards a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, one of the most difficult professional programs in the financial sector. Oliver completed the second of three segments of his CFA just weeks before he was killed.
Oliver cared for others, maintained life-long friendships and family connections, and had enthusiastic energy for his developing career. He was determined to make the most of what life could offer with effort, whether at work, socially, or on the sports field. Oliver faced the challenges of dyslexia straight on, developing keen discipline and the determination required to overcome and succeed.