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NIU! Thank You & Highlights

Prior to the biggest three-day event of the year, a pre-briefing was held to ensure all logistics of the night market was shared. Last minute preparations brought our team together and we all hoped that the year of hard work would pay off within the three days of Night It Up!. The weather forecast didn’t look too bright for the event; but with enough finger-crossing, we got sunshine and lots of it! The team managed to pull together a variety of vendors ranging from fruit juices, bubble teas, liquid nitrogen ice-creams and saucy grilled meats and seafood! You would not believe how long the lines were for something as simple as teppanyaki style squid or grilled mini quail eggs. Not only did we offer food, but also entertainment and family fun! Walking around the event, you could definitely spot family time being spent watching sports tournaments provided by CCYAA Sports Zone, and enjoying Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s outdoor movie screening. This year we definitely managed to target all age groups. But the most memorable part of Night it Up! has to be the friendly and familiar faces you end up bumping into at this festival. Reunions, get-togethers or even unplanned gatherings can always be found at this annual event.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Night It Up! 2014 such a success. From our organizers to our volunteers, the event would not have been the same without each one of you. I hope you guys are all as proud as I am of the fact that Night It Up! closed off its 13th successful year. It’s time for you all to kick back, relax and come join us on August 24th for our volunteer appreciation party and awards ceremony. Details to come soon!

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PAT Thank You & Highlights

After months of planning, preparing materials, gathering vendors, and some last minute preparations, Paint-A-Thon 2014 finally became a reality on Jul.12 2014. With the sun shining and smiles on everyone’s faces, the PAT team managed to present a variety of booths and of course beautiful artwork you wouldn’t find anywhere else! Besides all the painting itself, Paint-A-Thon also offered a variety of games and activities for everyone. You could hear endless laughter and shouts from all corners of the Paint-A-Thon site! Whether it be at the Paint Gun Blast booth or the Competition going on, this year’s event managed to once again bring everyone together while having a blast!

A huge shoutout to all those who helped make Paint-A-Thon 2014 happen! From our organizers and PAT members, to all the volunteers, the event wouldn’t have been possible without your efforts! I hope you guys had fun and are as happy as I am to have been part of such an amazing event. Don’t forget to join us August 24th for our volunteer appreciation party and awards ceremony with NIU!. Thank you all once again and enjoy the rest of your summer!

July 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: Cheryl Ng

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“July’s awesome award goes to an individual who leads a busy life volunteering her time both in and out of PUYO. Not only does she do a great job at her role organizing events and communicating with external partners, she lends a hand on Night It Up! event day to teams in need. Please join me in congratulating Cheryl Ng, the recipient of the July awesome award.” – Shirley Ng, Chairperson of Night It Up!

Recipient of NIU! Awesome Award: Jielun He

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“I am proud to say that this month’s Night It Up! 2014 Awesome Award goes to the amazing, hard working, talented, and handsome, Jielun He! Pulling off an amazing job as Logistics Associate and Night It Up!’s official “Traffic Guy”, Jielun has dedicated countless hours into organizing and leading many vital aspects of the event. Working alongside him, I was able to sense the contagious energy and commitment he brought to the team. Jielun truly cares about the work he puts forward, and because of this, Night It Up! 2014 was accomplished with minimal complications. Congratulations to Jielun He on the Awesome Award, he deserves it!” – Vincent Chan, Night It Up! Logistic Team Member

Recipient of E3 Awesome Award: Alex Yeung

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“For this month’s awesome award, I am very honoured to present it to Alex Yeung! He has been a great partner throughout the challenge and a team player. Although he is younger than me, he has done an amazing job in educating me with his previous E3 experience! My PA adventure wouldn’t be as exciting without his contributions! Stay awesome!”- Virginia Wong, Recipient of June E3 Awesome Award

Recipient of PAT Awesome Award: Oscar Yuen and Andrew Li

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“This month’s awesome awards goes to two very special and helpful people , Oscar Yuen and Andrew Li. Both of them helped choreograph the PAT flash mob as well as plan the Escape it game during the appreciation party. Throughout the event, Oscar and Andrew took the initiative to helped with different tasks from all Paint-A-Thon teams when it was needed . Both of them have show initiative countless times and displayed their leadership skills during the event. Once again, congratulations to Oscar and Andrew , you both are awesome!!!” – Hillary Hung, Vice-Chairperson of Paint-A-Thon

To read more about the past winners click here!

PAT Activity of the Month: Networking Event

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“Art is…. anything you want it to be…”

Each pair had a section of the bigger art piece. When we put it all together, the words read “Art is..” and the rest is however they interpreted that piece they made.

PAT Reflection Day

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On this day, we had our brainstorming session with the boat drawing, where members write down the positives, negatives, and unpredictable circumstances on it. Afterwards, the teams went in their separate teams to do decentralization, and to break down their tasks. After the busy and productive meetings, we had food, and shared our year end PAT Video made by Oscar! Afterwards, we split into teams to play DIY ESP-IT by Andrew and Oscar.

Who would have thought a DIY ESP-IT would be that much fun!

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

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“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

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“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

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“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!

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“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!

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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.

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