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Wow can you believe we are already a quarter way through the year? Time sure flies! Let’s see what PUYO has been up to this past month!

PUYO Annual Planning Presentation Day

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On February 21st, 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!

February Awesome Award

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

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Jasen Xiang 

“February’s Awesome Award goes to someone who, despite having a very busy professional life of their own, consistently fulfills their role at PUYO with professionalism, passion, and diligence.They joined PUYO solely to give back to the community and have proven again and again that they are really dedicated to that cause. From the moment they were given their first major responsibility—planning PUYO’s first ever career conference—they tackled the task with ease and demonstrated a genuine enjoyment for contributing to community initiatives. Even though PUYO is mainly just a pastime for them, they have shown a real dedication to PUYO culture and values. That’s why February’s Awesome Award is going to Jasen Xiang, our Events Director this year.” – Maggie Cheung, PUYO Sponsorship Director

PUYO Board Election Results

On February 21st, 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) Annabel Lee (19 Vote Yes, 9 Vote Abstain)
2) Chris Yau (23 Vote Yes, 5 Vote Abstain)
3) Rosana Zeng (26 Vote Yes, 2 Vote No)

Congratulations!

Beneficiary Presentation Day

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28 members from teams across PUYO were in attendance for the Beneficiary Presentation Day. We had invited presenters from SIck Kids Foundation, Children of Hope Uganda & Yellow Brick House. After an informative session, we had an open discussion with our members to ask questions and give comments on each of the candidates, to get us all on the same page on our considerations from the organization’s perspective. We encouraged the members to vote on one that they are most passionate about.

Then we conducted the voting system using a ranking method, asking members to list their choices from first to last. The first choice gets 1 point, the last gets 3 points. In the end, the one with the lowest points in total wins.

Result:
Sick Kids Foundation – 73
Children of Hope Uganda – 71
Yellow Brick House – 54

We are proud to announce that our Beneficiary of 2015
is Yellow Brick House.

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Opportunities at Toronto Police

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Toronto Police has a couple opportunities for members who:
A. Is interested in policing/ law enforcement/ community safety.
B. Is looking for a great summer part time job.
C. Wants to add a community/ gov’t experience onto their resume.
D. All of the above.

Opportunity 1.
Toronto Police Community Committee – Community Policing Cadet is looking for a youth Board Member, preferably post-secondary student. Note: This is a board member position, therefore, the candidate does not have to be a cadet.
The requirement for this position:
- Passionate about the community.
- Well versed in Social Media
- Experienced volunteer
- Ability to attend about 7 – 9 meetings per year + special events.

Opportunity 2.
Summer job opportunity. Kindly see attachment for detail.

A recommendation is required for Opportunity #1. If you feel you are a good fit for Opportunity #1 or if you have any questions, please email Heather Lee at hpylee@gmail.com

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 Award gets to pick the next winner.

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Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Maggie Cheung

“This month’s awesome award goes to someone who is incredibly passionate about her work with PUYO. She is someone that will constantly inspire and motivate others to go above and beyond. Despite having to juggle school, work and volunteering she is always on top of things. Just within the few months she’s taken on her role, she is already actively thinking about and seeking potential partnership opportunities for PUYO. She is an amazing person to work alongside as well as a great leader and role model. This month’s awesome award recipient is none other than Maggie Cheung! Congratulations!”
- Mandy Ng, PUYO Youth Development Director

Paint-A-Thon News

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And so the planning officially begins! Paint-A-Thon just wrapped up their first GM on the 17th, so thank you to all those who came out!
Members were able to meet with their teams as well as other Paint-A-Thon members and it was a meeting filled with productivity, planning, laughs, and of course, some ice breakers.
The new structure was officially introduced so don’t miss out on what we have planned next!
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

UofT Co-Curricular Involvement and Mentorship Fair

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The E3 Challenge went to the University of Toronto and set up a booth in their Co-Curricular Involvement and Mentorship Fair. A handful of students were very interested in the challenge– success! E3 is continuing to look for other boothing opportunities in conferences and fairs.

If you have any connections or ideas, give them a shout @thee3challenge on Facebook, or shoot a quick email to emilie.chan@power-unit.org.

Yellow Brick House Charity Visit

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Thanks to all the PUYOers who came out to visit and learn more about one of Night It Up! 2015 potential beneficiaries,Yellow Brick House.  

We met with Jacquie, an educator for the charity, who gave us insights of domestic violence/abuse to children and women. It was a huge reality shock to hear
that women and children living near to us are highly affected
by these relationships.
Yellow Brick House provides support to those women and children abused by providing a shelter, preventative measures, education/outreach programs and initiatives that we, as youth can all relate to and support.

On top of gaining some insightful information, Jacquie showed us around their warehouse, where we really got a sense of how much effort and time are put into this charity.

“I like that this charity serves our local community in Markham”- Alice Chong, President of PUYO. With 3 shelter locations, and a ton of volunteers expanded in the GTA, Yellow Brick house has surely made a philanthropic impact in our community.

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Can you believe it’s 2015 already? It feels like just yesterday that we were counting down 2014! Let’s check out what we’ve been up to for the first month of the new year!

City of Markham Councillor Alex Chiu’s Re-election Celebration Party

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On December 23rd, Power Unit Youth Organization was honored to attend the celebration party for Councillor Alex Chiu’s 10th win to Markham Council and Alicia Chiu’s 65th birthday at Angus Glen Golf Club.

It was an incredible night and we would like to thank Councillor Alex Chiu for all your contribution to the community and continue support for PUYO!

Paint-A-Thon Insider: The Planning Begins

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With a new structure on its way, the Paint-A-Thon team got together to go over plans for this year’s event and prepare for its first annual GM happening January 15, 2015. From the painting to the side activities, the team will present an all new Paint-A-Thon this Summer 2015, so stay tuned to see what we have planned for you! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

December Awesome Award

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

Recipient of PUYO Awesome Award: Mandy Ng

“The first PUYO Awesome Award of the year goes to Mandy Ng! The moment Mandy became the Youth Development Director, she went to work right away to help organize the first PUYO Leadership Kick-off Conference for her peers and fellow PUYO leaders.

Mandy created and presented relevant topics, came up with creative examples, and utilized all the tools required of a successful PUYO leader. She’s always willing to help, with a big smile on her face! She’s organized, prompt, shows up to meetings  well prepared and is genuinely a great person to work with. She’s a true testament of leading by example! Great job with organizing such a new and impactful event, you put us in AWE! — thanks for such a great start to the year Mandy!”
- Anita Ko, PUYO Board Member

PUYO Christmas Party

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The PUYO Winter Wonderland Christmas Party this year was a huge success as PUYO members and alumni came together to celebrate the holidays! Everyone had laughs with the Christmas activities and a unique photo booth designed to bring everyone in PUYO together. Everyone came dressed to impress and the room was instantly filled with holiday cheer. Thank you and we hope to see you next year!

2015 Pan Am Games – Student Volunteers

How cool would it be to play a role in bringing the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to life? More than 23,000 lucky volunteers will be the heart of the games. Volunteering is your change to share your talents and be part of something unlike anything else. Volunteers will work in all areas of the games. If you’d like to learn more please visit their website at http://www.toronto2015.org/volunteer

Students who complete their volunteer assignments at the Games could be considered for two new OSAP benefits – pre-study contribution period waiver and 1-year grace period. For more information about this fantastic program visit the Province of Ontario website.
PUYO Hoodies

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Our PUYO signature red coloured hoodies are available for $35! Members can show off their involvement with PUYO with these awesome hoodies! If you are interested, please contact Alice Chong at alice.chong@power-unit.org.

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