It's been quite a year since Jay left us. Overwhelming and heart-breaking,
yes -- but so full of love,
just like Jay.
But we must go on knowing Jay is with us to help carry on his legacy
of kindness, caring and love of others -- and of course, the legacy
of his music. A newsletter is an opportunity to keep everyone across
the country informed of projects, programs and plans of the association.
For that reason, we've selected the Nazca visual communication symbols
for our newsletter items (after Jay's "Nazca Lines"). In above
photo, the totem hummingbird symbolizes devotion, permanence, eternity
and life cycles.
Our first newsletter will briefly lay out plans that we hope will further
the aims and mission of the JHMA, as well as ongoing plans and projects.
"Jay's Story" in FILM!!!
JHMA President Chris Hamilton has been in touch with someone
in the film industry who is interested in telling Jay's story on
film. We have lots of archived video, etc. and will be working on
a story board over the winter. If you have any video of Jay or can
lend a hand with the film project,
get in touch!
a logo contest! We're looking
for the best logo to represent the JHMA and will offer a cash prize
for the winning logo. Ideas include Jay's hat & glasses, possibly
with earphones and or turntables, a HAMMER or ????. The logo has
to be clean, stylized and concise enough to reproduce small if needed
-- everywhere from a biz card to a hat brim to a CD label. In other
words, KISS! Interested? Please
get in touch!!
|MEDIA!! DJ Ontario Magazine - "Ontario
DJs gather to remember friend, raise money for cancer"
November 21, 2013 - Read
Office Stuff: JHMA Official Registration
Now that we've officially registered the Jay Hamilton Memorial Association
as a non-profit in Nova Scotia ( and will have an official bank account
here in Hali), we are working on federal incorporation which will give
us 'designated charity' status. We'll be able to issue tax deductible
receipts for donations of cash or in kind. JHMA Chapters are being established
in Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Regina, Calgary
and Vancouver. We hope to have these cities become 'official chapters'
An Association Board Member list is
here for each city. Again,
please let us know if you are missing from the Board
Member list and should be (or want to be) on it -- or if you're on the
list and shouldn't be (or don't want to be :-) Our executive
board (2013-2014) includes Chris Hamilton- President, Jurgen Teuwen
- VP, Gail Martin - Secretary-Treasurer, Todd Hodder, Sarah Creighton
and Amanda Stevens. AGM in August, 2014.
So many to thank for your support through events, auctions, selling
your "made with love" creative products -- straight from the
heart. Jay is truly blessed to have you all staying close (where he
can keep an eye on you :-) This month, very special thanks to Joe LR,
Matt Rohrbacher and Jay Lovemount. Awesome!
Like most non-profit associations, the JHMA will survive through the
support and initiative of its members and volunteers. We will be working
on membership benefits etc. over the winter and yep, t-shirts, hats
(especially the famous "Jay Hamilton"
hat, etc). If you can help with that or have an idea for
our logo, please get in touch with
Gail Martin FB.
Not much here yet, but if you see anything that might be relevant to
the Jay Hamilton Memorial Association aims
and mission, please contact us!
2014 Here We Come
"It is not
commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in
the pattern of an infinity symbol - further solidifying their symbolism
of eternity, continuity
Cancer Pre-screening for Young Adults
Colon cancer is sneaky. Because colonic cancers reveal no symptoms
until the advanced stages, many people are unaware they have a health
problem. When Jay was diagnosed, he urged his friends to get screened
and his wish was that you would all be safe from this dreadful disease.
At Jay's urging, many of his friends asked their doctors for pre-screening
tests for colon, prostate, testicular or breast cancer. Many were
turned down or bluntly told to come back when they're 55. Statistically,
55 is the age at which a higher % of people are prone to cancer
so the tests are either not available or cost prohibitive.. Too
young to be tested. Yet, we know, as in Jay's case, these cancers
attack young people too.
We want to insure that every young adult in Canada has the opportunity
Can you help in your area? Research is needed in each
of the provinces to determine the precise medical industry reaction
to accessible pre-screening for young adults. Is pre-screening available?
At what cost or is it covered? What doctors (in each province) will
authorize the screening? Are blood tests (simpler, less dangerous
and more accurate) available? Again, at what cost? Please let us
know if you can help pull this info together for your province,
or nationally if you're ambitious or well connected.
Facebook PM is fine and we'll touch base.
The second association aim is to raise funds for an
annual music production scholarship
(and to establish a production studio as "Destro
Recordings", Jay's company). Chris Hamilton has
Jay's studio equipment set up and is working on compilations
of Jay's music as a fundraising initiative. He also has
Jay's entire collection of vinyl, some dating back to the 80's and
most from England, Germany and the US. Chris is in the process of
cataloguing the collection, but let him know if you are looking
for something special! Some of Jay's collection will be kept for
mixing or for nostaligic reasons; some will be sold or used as incentives
for fundraising. Chris would love your expertise in setting
up the studio and turning
it into a small business under the association. We're looking for
input from our Board Members or others as to what school we should
support. Which is the best (at least to start with).
to Chris here on FB.
The Jay Hamilton Memory Garden
A third mission has been initiated
The Jay Hamilton Memorial Garden where others can commemorate
the loss of young adults from cancer or cancer related complications.
The latest fundraising efforts in Toronto (November 22, 2013) and
Moncton (November 29, 2013) as well as Jay Lovemount's painting
auction has raised enough to plant several hundred tree seedlings.
Location and landscaping design is being planned and a tree planting
camping event will be hosted
in spring/summer 2014. We are gathering ideas for Jay's Garden here
and would love to hear your thoughts for outdoor sculptures, commemorative
plants, benches, etc.
: jayhamiltonfoundation at gmail.com
Association HQ and Studio
27 Earl Court
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Remembering Jay Story
So many of you have shared Jay stories with us over the last months
and we'd love to share them with others (thanks for suggestion,
Sass Fraser, one of Jay's besties who released a large paper lantern
for Jay in Toronto on November 22, just sent this, so here's our
first "Jay Story".
" Meeting Jay - Vampire"
I'm not sure I told you how Jay and I met. I went to a Halloween
party at Natalie
Williams' house. I was Joan Jett and Jay was a vampire (oh, I did
tell you this...My only photo I own of him is from that party).
That was the first time I met Jay. He looked dapper in a velvet
black blazer, black tie and white dress shirt but it was the piercing
aqua blue contacts he was wearing that made him so vampy. We hit
it off and had great conversation. I can't even remember what we
talked about. Likely music. He tracked me down post-party with some
help from Natalie Williams via Facebook. Thus began a wonderful
friendship. After that we had countless movie/TV watching nights,
drinks at the bar and dinners out. I got him hooked on Chicken Pot
Pie. That Christmas we exchanged gifts. I thought I was super clever
by presenting him with a special edition DVD copy of The Princess
Bride which both of us could quote from memory. His gift took the
cake. He blew my mind when I unwrapped a Joan Jett Barbie doll.
He was so special. I miss him all the time. I wish I could have
done more than just taxi him from the hospital. The last movie he
and I watched together was Tower Heist. Ha! He and I squished into
his hospital bed and watched it on the laptop. He was such a good
watching buddy. We'd often watch programs together. Love you Jay.
Miss you everyday. Your friend
and Jay Story courtesy Sass Fraser.
Thank you, Sass. "The Princess Bride" was Jay's favourite
movie. Thank you also for being there for him and for all of us
(and for all you did to help Joe LR and Matt at the JH Memorial
Jam, November 22, 2013, Toronto.