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12. April 2016 | Uncategorized | 0 comments »

PUYO Annual Retreat

Are you interested in experiencing an incredible outdoor adventure with your fellow PUYO members while developing your leadership and teamwork skills?

Our Annual Retreat for this year is coming up and registrations are now open! The cost for the retreat is $40, which will include all meals, accommodations and many outdoor activities!

Please note that in order to attend the Retreat, you must be an eligible PUYO member (i.e. you handed in your $5 membership fee and Waiver and Confidentiality forms).

RSVP at this Google Form and pay your fees before Monday, April 25th, 2016 to save your spot!

For more information, please email jessica.wong@power-unit.org.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award Ceremony

On a rainy Tuesday evening, eight present and past PUYO members came together to be honoured with the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Award recognizes volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedication to an organization. Adults are recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+ years of continuous service. Youths, under the age of 24, are recognized for 2 or more years of continuous service.

PUYO is very proud to acknowledge the 2016 recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award (from left to right in photo):

Jerry Wong: 5 Years
Franca Tam: 4 Years
Shirley Ng: 4 Years
Rosana Zeng: 5 Years
Mandy Ng: 3 Years
Maggie Cheung: 4 Years
Tian Hu:4 Years
Kester Ng: 5 Years
Dawn Siu (missing in photo): 5 Years

Thank you so much for your years of dedication and hard work towards PUYO. We definitely would not be where we are today without each of you.

PUYO Marketing Training Workshop

On March 19th, various industry professionals lead PUYO’s Marketing Training Workshop. During the workshop, the professionals trained various PUYO members on the fundamentals of marketing, social media, and much more. Overall it was an educational and advantageous for all individuals interested in and involved in marketing!

PUYO Photoshop Training Workshop

PUYO’s previous and current Creative Directors, Evan Ling and Annessa Kwok, taught various Photoshop skills during their workshop on Saturday, March 19th. Many PUYO members learned to create, edit, manipulate, and enhance their images on Photoshop during the creative and interactive session and even got the incredible opportunity to learn skills requested by the members themselves!

PUYO Spirit Event: Sky Zone

This month, PUYO went to Sky Zone for an afternoon of stress relief and team building. It was a great opportunity to bond with other team members in the organization.

PUYO Beneficiary: Raising the Roof

Homelessness is a seemingly intractable problem in Canada, with an average of 235,000 Canadians experiencing homelessness each year. However, the solution is more than just providing them a place to live. Raising the Roof believes the real solution to end homelessness is preventing it from occurring in the first place.

With over 50 community agencies across Canada, Raising the Roof brings awareness and attention to the issues and challenges of homelessness through public education. Raising the Roof believes the real solution to homelessness is preventing it from occurring in the first place. The proceeds fundraised through Power Unit Youth Organization will be used to launch The Upstream Project, Canada’s first prevention program aimed to address homelessness at an early stage by integrating the program within the school system, to help assess students and identify those may be at high risk of homelessness. More info at raisingtheroof.org

PUYO March Awesome Award

PUYO presents Awesome Awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond their roles throughout the year. The recipient of the Awesome Awards gets to pick the next winner.

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Jasper Lam

“This month’s Awesome Award goes to someone who is always there to help out despite his busy schedule. Although I am new to PUYO and have only met this individual this year, I can already feel his overwhelming passion and commitment for PUYO – working late into the night and even on weekends, providing valuable support for the rest of the teams. I believe he will be instrumental to the success of PUYO this year. The recipient of this month’s Awesome Award is: Sponsorship Director, Jasper Lam! Keep up the great work!”

– Raymond Zhang, Finance Director

Volunteer Opportunity: ALS Double Play’s Intentional Walk 2016

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the ALS Double Play’s Intentional Walk 2016 . The walk will support the charity’s goal of funding a new researcher at the TANZ Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto, headed by Dr. Janice Robertson.

Time: 7AM – 1:30PM
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Event location: Markham Civic Center, (101 Town Centre Blvd Markham)
*Breakfast and refreshments will be provided

Volunteer activities at this event are eligible to be counted towards community involvement hours.

To sign up as a volunteer, please email winnie.yan@power-unit.org for more information.

Night It Up! 2016 is coming up. Our teams are working hard in preparation for your favourite annual Night Market. Starting in May, food and merchandise vendors will be signing up and registering for their booths. If you have any friends, family, or restaurants that you’d want to attend Night It Up!, let them know to come to Metro Square on May 7, 8 or 14 to register. We’re also recruiting volunteer leads right now and applications will be due on April 23. Make sure you check out our website atwww.nightitup.com to keep up to date!

The E3 Challenge is in the works of some really great things for this summer! Last year, we worked with Microsoft and BNOTIONS to bring our participants amazing experiences. We are now in the process of securing two new exciting partners, how exciting!

We value empowerment and the journey of self-development, making The E3 Challenge a “safe space” to make mistakes and learn. Currently, we are looking for Peer Advisors and Mentors to be a part of this journey for participants, and to continue their own. If you are curious to learn more, do email Helen at helen.hu@power-unit.org. (Don’t worry, she’s a lovely person!)

Over at Paint-A-Thon, our dedicated team of (wannabe) virtuosos are piecing together the building blocks for the arts event Markham needs! They’ve been attending local shindigs, including the Toronto Art Battle in March, and are now in the process of devising what is to be PUYO’s feature event in the art scene. Watch out for the new name and face of the painting marathon previously known as Paint-A-Thon!

6. March 2016 | Uncategorized | 0 comments »

Raising the Roof – Toque Tuesday

On February 2nd, Power Unit Youth Organization joined the 19th annual Toque Tuesday campaign hosted by our beneficiary, Raising The Roof, to benefit long-term solutions to homelessness and local community agencies. We would like to thank all volunteers who participated. 

Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner

On February 18, 2016, Power Unit Youth Organization was invited to the Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner by Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s staff. It was an amazing night filled with performances, food, and games.  We just wanted to thank all the volunteers for giving up their time to help out at the event. It would not have been a successful night without all of your support!

PUYO Annual Planning Presentation Day

On February 28th, we had our PUYO Annual Planning Presentation Day, where all the teams across PUYO presented their plans for the year.

It was a great learning opportunity for everyone to get to understand all the teams across the organization. Looking forward to seeing all the plans come to reality in the next couple of months!

New Members Join PUYO’s Board of Directors

The following 3 people have been acclaimed by the voting members of the organization to the Board of Directors for a 3 year term:

1) Candy Fan (14 Vote Yes, 4 Vote Abstain)
2) Alan Cho (16 Vote Yes, 2 Vote Abstain)
3) Melissa Ho (17 Vote Yes, 1 Vote Abstain)

The E3 Challenge Alumni Gathering 2016

The E3 Challenge is taking RSVPs now for our alumni dinner on March 13 from 6 pm – 8:30pm @The Party Room, 33 Cox Blvd.
Please find the invitation at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/e3-alumni-gathering-2016-tickets-21656535280

31. January 2016 | Uncategorized | 0 comments »

January Awesome Award

PUYO presents Awesome Awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond their roles throughout the year. The recipient of the Awesome Awards gets to pick the next winner.

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Raymond Zhang

“This month’s awesome award goes to someone I could always depend on finishing their work without chasing them down. He is always there cool, calm and collected no matter what storm I throw at him. He provides great support to the executive team and is a great role model for his own team. Although they are new to the role, this person took on the challenge with confidence helping organize and manage a team professionally. His rapid growth within PUYO has amazed me. For January’s Awesome Award, I would like to present this to our Finance Director, Raymond Zhang!”

– Rachel Huang, Vice President

PUYO Photoshop Session

Are you interested in learning to use Adobe Photoshop to create, edit, manipulate, retouch, and enhance your images? Evan Ling and Annessa Kwok, the previous and current Creative Directors, will be covering shortcut introductions, cropping and selection tools, layers, opacity and blend modes, and several other topics in the upcoming Photoshop workshop! It will be held on January 30 from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM, in Room 308 of TCCC, so be sure to join us if you’re interested!

Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner

Power Unit Youth Organization is invited to help out at the Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner this year again! The event will be held at the Markham Event Centre on Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come and help celebrate this event with over 900 attendees! If you are interested in helping out please contact winnie.yan@power-unit.org.

Recruiting Volunteers: Raising The Roof – Toque Tuesday

Our beneficiary this year, Raising the Roof, is currently seeking volunteers for Toque Tuesday, an annual event which takes place this year on February 2nd at multiple locations across Canada. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to sell toques and other items to benefit long-term solutions to homelessness and local community agencies.

Volunteer shifts:
Eglinton Station 7-9 am
Eglinton Station 4-6 pm
Yonge & Bloor Station 7-9 am
Yonge & Bloor Station 4-6 pm
Media Location (to be confirmed) – throughout the day

If you want to get involved in this National fundraising campaign, please fill out the form at the following link: https://goo.gl/mcQmKs

To find out more about the Toque Campaign, please visithttp://www.raisingtheroof.org/what-we-do/what-is-the-toque-campaign/

Volunteering Opportunity: CNYFest 2016

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the CNYFest hosted by the MD Foundation. The event runs from January 30th to 31st at First Markham Place. CNYFest especially needs help with managing activity booths from 9 am to 9 pm during both event dates. Volunteer activities at this event are eligible to be counted towards community involvement hours.

To sign up as a volunteer, please email nada.kabbara@maplediversity.ca for more information.

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