The friends and colleagues of the Cowichan Valley’s Mark Olson (pictured), who died suddenly on March 29, are asking that people to contribute to a fundraiser for his family. (Submitted photo)

Fundraiser being held for family of Mark Olson

Olson died suddenly on March 29

Friends of the Cowichan Valley’s Mark Olson, who died suddenly on March 29, are asking for help for his family in a fundraising campaign.

Angie Winter, a friend of Mark’s who works at Winter Trucking, said he was a dedicated, hard-working employee for Dan’s Pre-Cast in the Tansor Community for many years.

She said Mark’s wife Ashley and their young sons are devastated by the loss.

“Ashley has lost her best friend, husband and father of her one- and four-year-old sons Ace and Axel,” Winter said on her Facebook page.

“Mark was the sole provider of his family. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. And, more importantly, he loved his family and friends.”

Winter said what makes the situation even worse is that the family can’t even grieve properly during the ongoing pandemic as they are not able to receive hugs and comfort from those that love and care about them the most due to rules round social distancing.

Mark, 39, did not die of COVID-19 or any related illnesses.

Winter said the staff at Winter Trucking, Stonebridge Sand & Gravel and other friends of the family are pleading with people in the Valley to help Mark’s family.

“Many of us are experiencing hardship due to the current situation from COVID-19 and any small amount can help them,” she said.

“How you can help is by sending it directly to Ashley and the boys via e-transfer to the email address This can be done from your homes as we are not encouraging anyone to be going to the financial institutions at this time.”

Winter said the funds raised will go directly to the family and cover any expenses they have during this tough period, with some to be set aside for the boys’ future.

“Let’s please come together and do what we can to get Ashley and her boys through this difficult time,” she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lake Flashback: Museum preserves future, new hope for a pool, and a murder

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old… Continue reading

Cobble Hill man dies in ATV accident south of Nanaimo

Incident happened on backroad Friday night in Nanaimo Lakes area

Drivesmart column: The registered owner is responsible

Have you ever stopped to consider the risk involved in handing your keys over to someone else?

Aquatic Centre renovations starting soon

More space promised for crowded fitness and aquatic areas

Mary Lowther column: Nutrition in our food on the decline

When crops don’t contain the minerals they need, they cannot provide other nutrients we depend on.

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

B.C.’s Central Kootenay region declares state of emergency, issues evacuation orders

The evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Most Read