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Training Day 2014

PUYO had our first ever jam-packed training day on Saturday, March 15, 2014! Our morning sessions featured soft skills development in Communication & Effective Meetings and Team & Project Management, facilitated by our Youth Development Team. Workshops focused on interactive scenarios and real-life case studies for participants to apply concepts to. Our afternoon sessions featured a Marketing Fundamentals workshop taught by Ling Chung (Former Chairperson of the Board), Annabel Lee (PR & Marketing Director), and Cindy Tsoi (Board of Directors member), and a Sponsorship Relations workshop taught by Kester Ng, our Board-level Sponsorship Director. If you didn’t get a chance to attend our Training Day, we may be running these workshops again in the future, so keep an eye out!

The March Awesome Award goes to…
…Sylvia Chan, Paint-A-Thon Chairperson, for her passionate dedication to member development and engagement. By turning a monthly Paint-A-Thon General Meeting into a dinner party and setting up a friendly competition to encourage cross-organization attendance, Sylvia created a truly positive atmosphere for Paint-A-Thon members to connect with each other and senior members of PUYO. This is a great example of a born leader collaborating with their team to foster the youth development mindset that PUYO represents.



17. March 2014 | Power Unit | 0 comments »

Pechakucha Night in Markham

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On Friday, February 7th, 2014, PUYO participated in its first Pechakucha Night. What is a Pechakucha Night, you ask? It is a chance for people to get together to share their ideas and projects. But it’s not your average slideshow! Presenters are only allowed 20 slides, and each slide is only shown for 20 seconds, no exceptions.

Anita Ko, long-time PUYO Board Member, represented PUYO as a Pechakucha Presenter! She highlighted PUYO values, mission statements and our three projects: Night It Up!, The E3 Challenge, and Paint-A-Thon. Thank you to the Markham Arts Council and Varley Art Gallery for organizing a unique event, and a big special thanks to Anita for being a wonderful presenter.

Beneficiary On-Site Visits

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To get a better understanding of our potential beneficiaries, the Beneficiary Team brought a group of PUYO members and volunteered at Eva’s Phoenix, the transitional housing and training facility of Eva’s Initiatives, renewing the interior complexes that is home to 50 youths (each year) receiving support and guidance back into society. Eva’s Phoenix has a unique program that provides a line of supporting services, like nutrition classes, design workshops, employment opportunities, resume and interview sessions, to help youth grow and understand essentials of living independently. Eva’s Phoenix fills the gap often left unseen, when youth do not have the necessary skills to live off the streets.


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On the following weekend, PUYO members have also met up with Mike Prosserman, the founder of UNITY Charity, sharing with us his ideas of youth empowerment. Through after school programs in break dancing, beat boxing, spoken word, and graffiti. UNITY Charity focuses on helping youth to positively relieve their stress from personal issues and empowers them to become leaders in the community. It started from an office for 10 people, UNITY Charity has grown substantially over the years, requiring them to move to a bigger office that can allocate more staff.


Excel Workshop

SUM formula, Sort functions, Pivot table, and Macros? It sounds like a Power Unit Excel party! The Excel training is designed to cater to users at different levels from beginner to advanced. It aims to provide the attendees with the necessary tools to manipulate data efficiently. A big thank-you to everyone who attended PUYO’s annual Excel training! We hope you learned a few tips and tricks that you can use in school or at work.

11. March 2014 | Power Unit, Uncategorized | 2 comments »

Every month, PUYO hands out one Awesome Award to an individual who has shown initiative and gone above and beyond in their role. The recipient of the Awesome Award gets to pick the next winner. See who won in January and February below!

January Awesome Award: Alice Chong

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Alice dedicated many hours in January to coordinate and execute one of the most important events on the PUYO calendar – the annual planning meeting. This included planning the schedule of events for the day, instructing all of the presenters in advance, and making use of a very innovative approval template. The annual planning meeting would not have gone so smoothly without Alice. In addition, Alice is one of several members who have taken the lead on organizing and archiving all of PUYO’s electronic documents in an initiative to better facilitate information-sharing within the organization in the future.

- Gary Li, December Awesome Award Recipient

February Awesome Award: Maggie Cheung

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Maggie took the initiative to create more presence for the Youth Development Team within the organization and she always finds ways to make continuous improvements. This is part of developing the organization. I really appreciate the way she communities to us. She would tell Rosanna (PUYO President) and I just enough information for us to know what is going on with her team, what are the issues, and how we can help. If she cannot make it to meetings or events, she will let us know well in advance and send us all the updates. Maggie did an amazing job coordinating the PUYO Orientation. It was very well organized and professional with great turn out. After the PUYO Orientation, the assembled teams were sent out promptly. A few month later, she also took the initiative to follow up with the Team Leads to check up on the status of their team members.

Congratulations Maggie!

- Alice Chong, January Awesome Award Recipient



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