2. July 2014 | Power Unit | 0 comments »

Counting down to the last month until Night It Up! 2014 – but there was no shortage of fun at Power Unit. Here’s what happened in June!

June Awesome Award

Every month, PUYO hands out Awesome Awards to individuals who have shown initiative and gone above and beyond in their role. The recipients of the Awesome Award gets to pick the next winner. Below are PUYO’s June Awesome Award Recipients!

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Shirley Ng


“This month’s awesome award goes to someone who you can always bring forth a question to and expect her patience and experience be shared with you. She is always able to make the task fun and offers amazing suggestions to move the conversation forward. You can always be sure this person will get the job done, answer your inquiry, or direct you to the correct individual. If it wasn’t for some of her awesome tips and advices, sponsorship would have never unfolded the way it did. For the month of June 2014, I like to present to Shirley, our Night It Up! Chairperson” – Winson Li (Sponsorship Director)

Recipient of NIU! Awesome Award: Vincent Chan


“The Night It Up! 2014 Awesome Award is presented to an invaluable member of our logistics and operations team. He brings to the team a set of amazing organizational skills and strong commitment to Night It Up!. He is always on top of his assign projects and always willing bring his own ideas to the table. On top of that, he is involved with projects across of Power Unit Youth Organization. The Night It Up! Awesome award goes to Vincent Chan!” – Chris Yau (Logistics Director)

Recipient of E3 Awesome Award: Jenny Cui


“Congratulations to Jenny Cui, the winner of June’s Awesome Award! It is not an understatement to say that The E3 Challenge would not and cannot happen without her efforts. Stay awesome!” – Fiona Veronica Cheung (May E3 Awesome Award Winner)

Recipient of PAT Awesome Award: EVERYONE!


“And finally, the PAT June Awesome Award goes to… EVERYBODY! Despite their hectic, busy lives, everyone on the PAT team has shown nothing but hard work and dedication to ensuring the success of Paint-A-Thon 2014. It was for this reason the entire team was awarded the PAT Awesome Award!
” – Allison Lai ( PAT Marketing Director & PAT May Awesome Award Winner)

To read more about the past winners, click here!

PAT Activity of the Month: Lazerquest!


Paint-A-Thon organizers took a trip to the local Lazerquest, competing fiercely and with spirit in a heated game of laser tag. Members were able to bond over a lot of strategizing and even more sweating; overall, it was truly a fun and exciting experience!

Paint-A-Thon is still looking for more teams to participate in our event on July 12th. Help us recruit by spreading the word! For more information on the event as well as how to register, please visit www.paintathon.com.

Ongoing is a contest on our Facebook page, Paint-A-Thon. Pictures of our various side activities are posted, and people compete by guessing the name of the side activity. The first person to guess its name correctly wins a Cineplex Free Admission ticket, redeemable on the PAT site on July 12th or July 13th! Also on our Facebook page is the Paint-A-Thon video, as well as the official PAT poster. Please take a moment to like and share these links!

30. June 2014 | Power Unit | 0 comments »

Another month has passed – this year is going by quickly! Let’s take a look at what PUYO did this month!

PUYO Retreat

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On May 3, 2014 PUYOers took off to camp Tawingo and enjoyed a weekend of relaxation, recreation and sing-alongs. We had a great time exploring the beautiful nature trails and getting to know each other through PUYO alumnus Stephanie Tam’s embodied leadership workshop. We gilled up on delicious meals provided by Camp Tawingo’s staff and worked off the burgers with lots of team sports and outdoor activities! Some of our most memorable moments included the lip-syncing bonanza around Tawingo’s indoor campfire, bonding in our cabins and looking out over Lake Vernon from a mountain top!

May Awesome Award

Every month, PUYO hands out Awesome Awards to individuals who have shown initiative and gone above and beyonce in their role. The recipients of the Awesome Award gets to pick the next winner. Below are PUYO’s May Awesome Award Recipients!

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Winson Li

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“For PUYO’s May Awesome Award, I chose someone who is passionate about what he does in PUYO. He is always eager to learn, whether it is through a senior PUYO member or on his own, and this makes it so easy to work with him. He also tries to coach his team members by developing their skills through training, and real life experiences. He actively tries to engage his team members in his meetings and through “sponsorship runs”. This person has grown a lot since he’s been in PUYO and has stepped in this leadership position with ease. The recipient is …. Winson Li! Congrats Winson, and keep up the awesome work!” – Rosana Zeng (PUYO President)

Recipient of NIU! Awesome Award: Chris Yau

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“Chris is one of many who I enjoy working with at Night it Up! As one of the younger members, Chris has shown many support and generosity as she helps explain things in detail so that I can understand. She is a true leader who I look up to and want to follow. As the logistics team leader, she is always organized and ready to work. She gets things done on time and gives me the motivation to work harder as well. Thank you Chris for guiding me! I hope to be a member you can depend on!” – Rachel Huang (NIU! Communications Coordinator)

Recipient of E3 Awesome Award: Fiona Veronica Cheung

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“For May’s E3 Awesome Award, I would like to present it to a diligent individual who has shown continual effort and dedication to our project. This person always manages to meet deadlines and perform at a level above what is asked for. Her charisma and cheerful aura never ceases to keep the team in an upbeat mood. I’m very pleased to award May’s Awesome Award to Fiona Veronica Cheung!” – Eric Guan (E3 Promotions Director)

To read more about the past winners, click HERE!

E3 Alumni Event

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To celebrate E3′s 10th Anniversary, PUYO held its first ever E3 Alumni Event this year. The collective reminiscence of 10 years worth of participants, PAs, Mentors and Organizers was not simply emotional but vibrantly uplifting. Ling, the founder of The E3 Challenge project, spoke about the importance of mentorship and lessons learned throughout her life through the E3 Challenge. It is evident through everyone who came out to celebrate that not only has the E3 project helped many youths succeed in their personal ambitions and professional lives but could not have achieved its own success without them – and for this we thank you!

PUYO Social Event

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Thanks to all the PUYOers that came out to Lambie Bubble Tea and Board Games on May 18th. Hope you all had a blast! A big thank you to those who brought in old/used business clothing and toys for Eva’s Initiative and the E3 Toy Drive.

26. May 2014 | Power Unit | 0 comments »

April Awesome Awards

Every month, PUYO hands out Awesome Awards to individuals who have shown initiative and gone above and beyond in their role. The recipients of the Awesome Award gets to pick the next winner. Below are PUYO’s April Awesome Award Recipients!

April’s PUYO Awesome Award goes to our wonderful president… Rosana Zeng!

Rosana sets a great example of a leader that looks out for others that are under her. This includes the Project Chairpersons, people on the Executive Committee, and members of Power Unit Youth Organization. She shows immense responsibility for her role and tasks of being the PUYO President. She sets a great example for my team members on being responsible, managing time effectively, and reaching goals and results efficiently. She would by all means put in the action that would help others benefit from opportunities, putting them before herself. For example, the ‘Raptors’ game and ‘Be Good Be Social’ conference had  a limited number of tickets available; she took herself out of the list, so that someone else could get the tickets. This shows that Rosana is someone that gives others opportunities. Even on a trip, she checks her emails to make sure people are getting the help they need to manage their projects. - Sylvia Chan (PAT Chairperson & March Awesome Award Recipient)

The recipient of NIU! Awesome Award goes to the lovely Rachel Huang, NIU Communications Coordinator

 ”The first Night It Up! 2014 Awesome Award is presented to an invaluable member of our planning team.  She brings to the team a set of amazing organizational skills and strong commitment to Night It Up!.  She’s always prompt and ready to go at the start of all meetings, ensuring our meeting decisions and tasks are well documented and distributed.  The Night It Up! Awesome award goes to Rachel Huang!” – Shirley Ng (NIU! Chairperson)

The recipient of the PAT Awesome Award goes to Wing-Ka Tsang, Project Accountant!

“Wing-Ka goes beyond what is required of her for her role as accountant of PAT. There has been many times where she would go out of her way to help the team, either with making separate budgets for the leads to follow that are easy to understand, communicating with the leads to make sure all the little details are recorded and understood and coming out to meetings that do not necessarily require her presence. When something comes up, such as a cheap discount on a product, she would share it with the team lead. She puts in that extra effort to ensure PAT’s success, and I am sure that others would agree with this as well.” - Sylvia Chan (PAT Chairperson & March Awesome Award Recipient)

Last, but definitely not least, the recipient of the E3 Awesome Award goes to Eric Guan, Promotions Director

For this year’s first E3 Awesome Award, I would like to present it to a strong individual who has shown substantial improvement in both task-related skills, initiative and commitment on the E3 Organizing Team  from the beginning of the year to date. This person has not only stayed up late to help hold online meetings with their team and sort through issues on the fly with myself on call, but is also always there to consistently meet deadlines and readjust expectations if deadlines are unreasonable. I’m pleased to award April’s Awesome Award to Eric Guan! Congrats Eric ;)!” - Andy Wong (E3 Chairperson)

To see past winners, click HERE!


PUYO @ the Raptor’s Game!


PUYO @ the Raptor's Game!
PUYOers had the awesome opportunity to watch Jeremy Lin play at the Raptor’s Game against the Houston Rockets at the Air Canada Centre on April 2nd.  Raptor’s won 107 to 103, and a special thanks to CCYAA and Brita Canada for the tickets!  Also, we wouldn’t have been able to receive the tickets without everyone’s help in making Power Unit an organization that strives to make a positive change in the community. For more information: click here!


PUYO & UNITY Charity’s Supporter Event


PUYO was invited by our beneficiary, UNITY Charity, to attend their annual Supporter Celebration on April 13, 2014. We were presented with a Thank You plaque for our support to UNITY. The event was also filled with amazing performances by their talent, showcasing their passion and transformation. We can’t wait to see what they have prepared for Night It Up!


YRP Elimination of Discrimination Fair


York Region Police invited PUYO to their annual Elimination of Discrimination Fair on April 6th. PUYOers experienced the diversity of our community, and with our organization booth present, we had the chance to speak about how we strive to promote youth development and empowerment through philanthropy.  A big thank you to the PUYO Events Team and other PUYOers that volunteered at this event;  couldn’t have done it without you!


The E3 Challenge!

Are you going to be in Toronto this summer? Are you interested in youth development?

The E3 Challenge is looking for enthusiastic individuals to be Peer Advisors for this year’s challenges. The responsibilities of Peer Advisors are to provide guidance to the participants and it’s a great way to network with important industry leaders that partner with E3.

Please contact Jenny at jenny.cui@power-unit.org if you are interested. This position is also available to external members so please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested :)!


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