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Resume 101 Workshop and ALS Intentional Walk

July 6, 2017
PUYO members attending the Resume 101 Workshop and ALS Intentional Walk

Our Beneficiary's Flagship Walk took place on Saturday, June 10th. Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to support ALS Double Play. It was a great success!

A huge thank you to everyone who made it out to PUYO's first ever Interview Skills 101 Workshop and to Zoe Luc for hosting the session! We hope everyone learned some tips and enjoyed our professional mock interview sessions.

If you have any questions or workshop ideas/suggestions feel free to email Jessica at jessica.wong@power-unit.org.

PUYO Annual Retreat

June 1, 2017
PUYO members canoeing while at the Annual Retreat

Thank you to everyone who made it out to PUYO's Annual Retreat at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana this year!

The retreat this year consisted of team building activities, canoeing, hiking, campfire songs, and even an incredible view of the Northern Lights!! We hope you enjoyed your weekend outdoors with fellow PUYOers.

ALS Double Play 5K International Kickoff Party and Markham Expo

May 10, 2017
PUYO at Markham Youth Expo

These past 2 weeks have been super busy for our PUYO members! We celebrated ALS Double Play’s 5K International Kickoff Party at Panera Bread last Thursday and 20% of the orders made during that time were donated to ALS Double Play. It was great seeing our PUYO members gather to celebrate this event for our beneficiary this year. Also, this past weekend, our PUYO members, along with Councillor Alex Chiu and ALS Double Play founder, Cherie were at our booth at the Markham Expo to talk about ways to get involved with PUYO this summer and to learn about our beneficiary. We love attending these events to support our beneficiary and help youth get more involved within the community! Be sure to keep up with our social media accounts to attend our future events!

Sales and Sponsorship Workshop

May 2, 2017

This month PUYO's Sales and Sponsorship Workshop was facilitated by Ken Lo, Sponsorship Board of Director. As a new addition to the organization, attendees were enlightened by Ken's fresh perspective and rich background in sales. From team leads to general members, all in attendance benefitted and enjoyed his insight, sense of humour, and pop culture references. PUYO welcomes Ken to the organization - glad to have you on the team!

ALS Double Play Movie Screening

April 2, 2017
PUYO at ALS Double Play Movie Screening

On Thursday March 30th, several volunteers went to show their support for ALS Doubleplay at a movie screening of Gleason. This movie painted a raw and insightful portrait of the effects ALS can have on a person, and everyone surrounding them. It brings everything to light and resurfaces PUYO's pillar of Philanthropy. If you missed out this time, make sure to attend the upcoming ALS events (such as the Walk Kick-off Party on May 3rd and May 4th)!

Photoshop Workshop and Mayor's Chinese New Year Dinner

March 1, 2017
Demonstrating attendees on how to use Photoshop

PUYO members at the Mayor's Chinese New Year Dinner

Our creative director, Annessa led a Photoshop Workshop to our members. Thank you to all the members that came out. More workshops to come. Stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the Mayor's Chinese New Year Dinner. It was a great night that involved a lot of walking around and watching amazing performances. Not to mention, each of the volunteers got lots of free goodies -- food, drinks, t-shirts, and other swag! If you missed it this year, tune in for next year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

January 28, 2017
Chinese New Year!

2017 is the year of the rooster which is the epitome of fidelity and punctuality! Chinese New Year is a special time to celebrate with your family, friends and loved ones. It is a celebration of a year of hard work and wishes for another lucky and prosperous upcoming year. Through reunion dinners, decorations, red pockets and lots of greetings, the new year is welcomed and off to a good kick start. Wishing everyone a prosperous new year!

PUYO Christmas Party

January 1, 2017
PUYO members at the annual PUYO Christmas Party

Christmas is a time to celebrate with all your friends and family, including your Power Unit Family! Every year, Power Unit has a Christmas Party in order to celebrate everyone’s involvement for both current Power Unit members and alumni. This year, we had several festive group-based activities including Christmas-themed charades, festive minute-to-win-it rounds, and secret missions! Winning any of these activities rewarded teams with points and the team with the highest points received priority for picking prizes from underneath a Christmas tree. Overall, it was a night to remember with lots of great food and team-bonding experiences. Thanks to everyone who made it out to the annual Power Unit Christmas party!

PUYO Orientation

December 1, 2016
PUYO members at orientation

On November 26th, many local youth joined PUYO's 2016-2017 leadership team at our Annual Orientation event to learn about the organization and our various opportunities. We are all very excited for the new PUYO year with many new and returning members! A huge thank you to everyone who came out to Orientation and everyone that helped make it happen.

PUYO Beneficiary Results

Thank you to everyone who voted on the form this past week regarding this year's beneficiary.

Here are the results of the poll:

  1. ALS Double Play
  2. Sunshine Foundation
  3. 360 Kids
  4. Reach for the Rainbow
  5. Hope House Youth Charities

We will be in touch with all the charities above to get to know them better, and further understand which charity will fit best as our beneficiary. Obviously, we will take the ranking of the charities that everyone voted into consideration.

PUYO 1st Alumni Event

June 23, 2016
PUYO 1st Alumi Event

PUYO hosted its first Night It Up! Alumni gathering since its inception in 2002. Over 50 alumni came out in celebration of NIU's 15th year anniversary! Thank you everyone who came out to celebrate this important milestone! Can't wait until the next gathering!

Volunteering at ALS Double Play

June 11, 2016
Volunteering at ALS Double Play

PUYO was invited to volunteer at the ALS Double Play Intentional Walk. It was a day filled with sunshine, excitement, and fun. We are happy that our members were able to show their support for a great cause. Great job PUYO members and ALS Double Play for making it an amazing event!

PUYO Academy Workshop: Public Speaking

May 21, 2016


PUYO facilitated a Public Speaking Workshop, hosted by David Markwell. David is the Vice-President of Data and Analytics for Loblaw Companies Limited.

In this workshop, David guided us through the different techniques of public speaking, and provided us with various activities to practice the skill. Our members enjoyed the experience and we are very appreciative of David volunteering his time to host this workshop for us.

PUYO 2016 Annual Retreat

May 7, 2016


Our Annual Retreat took place during the first weekend of May at YMCA Camp Cedar Glen. It was a weekend filled with team building activities and bonding, complete with a campfire and an outdoor maze! PUYOers also attended a workshop during the Annual Retreat which encompassed ideas of personal values and how it all plays out in a team environment. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and we hope you enjoyed the event!

Ontario Volunteer Service Award Ceremony

April 12, 2016


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.

Mayor Scarpitti’s Annual Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration

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 2016 Beneficiary: Raising the Roof – Toque Tuesday

February 2, 2016


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.

PUYO Annual Christmas Party

December 19, 2015


Power Unit Youth Organization hosted their annual Christmas Party. Thank you to all attendees for coming and their goods donation to Yellow Brick House. It was yet, another successful event with fun, laughter and smiles. Special thanks goes out to the Events Team and Execs for planning the event.

PUYO 2015-2016 Orientation

December 14, 2015


Thanks to everyone who came out to Power Unit Youth Organization’s Orientation this year! We loved meeting every single one of you and seeing all your smiling faces. We hope everyone was able to find out about the teams they wanted to join and we hope to welcome you all to the PUYO family!

PUYO 2016 Beneficiary: Raising the Roof – The Upstream Project

December 6, 2015


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

Welcome 2015-2016 PUYO Executive Team

October 14, 2015


Please give a warm welcome to the new 2015-2016 Executive Team!
President: Dawn Siu
Vice-President: Rachel Huang
Finance Director: Raymond Zhang
Youth Development Director: Jessica Wong
Events Director: Winnie Yan
Sponsorship Director: Jasper Lam
PR and Marketing Director: Jane Fu
Night It Up! Chairperson: Franca Tam
Night It Up! Vice-Chairperson: Laura You & Xiao Lin Guo
The E3 Challenge Chairperson: Emilie Chan

PUYO 2015 Executive Election and Awards Ceremony

September 19, 2015


On September 19th, we hosted the PUYO Executive Election and Awards Ceremony, in welcoming our new Executive Team for PUYO 2015-2016 and celebrating the achievements of the outgoing PUYO 2014-2015 team. Thank you so much to all PUYO members for your time and commitment throughout the year! The recipients are the following:


Service Awards:
Board of Directors, Treasurer: May Liu
Board of Directors, Operations Compliance & Control: Jerry Wong
Board of Directors, Sponsorship: Kester Ng
Board of Directors, Member: May Choi
Board of Directors, Member: Anita Ko
President: Alice Chong
Vice-President: Dawn Siu
Finance Director: Emily Law
Youth Development Director: Mandy Ng
Public Relations and Marketing Director: Christina Li
Sponsorship Director: Maggie Cheung
Communications Coordinator: Cindy Lee
Creative Director: Evan Ling
Web Director: Tian Hu
Queen’s University Chapter Co-President: Keira Mckee
Queen’s University Chapter Co-President: Laya Polowin
Night It Up! Chairperson: Shirley Ng
Night It Up! Vice-Chairperson: Laura You
The E3 Challenge Chairperson: Jenny Cui
Paint-A-Thon Co-Chairperson: Sylvia Chan
Paint-A-Thon Co-Chairperson: Chris Yau
Paint-A-Thon Vice-Chairperson: Irum Chorghay

Special Awards:
Finance Team Most Valuable Player: Elaine Giang
Youth Development Team Most Valuable Player: Noel Ng
Public Relations and Marketing Team Most Valuable Player: Cheryl Ng
Public Relations and Marketing Team Most Valuable Player: Jordan Young
Sponsorship Team Most Valuable Player: Derrick Fung
Events Planning Team Most Valuable Player: Jessica Wong
Creative Team Most Valuable Player: Annessa Kwok
Web Team Most Valuable Player: Jason Manson-Hing
University Chapter Most Valuable Player, Queen’s University Chapter: Charlotte Clutson
Beneficiary Team Most Valuable Player: Jerry Wong
Leadership Award: May Choi
Leadership Award: Anita Ko

PUYO Scholarship Winners:
Jenny Cui
Mandy Ng

Annual Awards Winners:
PUYO Rookie of the Year: Sally Woo
PUYO Spirit: Mandy Ng
PUYO Outstanding Dedication: Winnie Yan
PUYO Above and Beyond: Rachel Huang

Toronto Reel Asian TIFF Cocktail Party

September 14, 2015


Power Unit Youth Organization was honored to attended the cocktail reception hosted by Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival in celebration of Aisan filmmakers at TIFF at Pear King Restaurant.
It was an incredible night and we would like to thank Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival for its continue support for PUYO!

PUYO 2015 Beneficiary Cheque Presentation

September 3, 2015


We raised $10,000 for our beneficiary of 2015, Yellow Brick House to run their support programs.

Thank you so much to donors and volunteers across Power Unit Youth Organization from Night It Up!, The E3 Challenge, and Paint A Thon! We couldn't have done it without you!

Night It Up! and Paint-A-Thon 2015

July 26, 2015


After months of hard work and preparation – from Annual Planning to Implementation to Execution – Night It Up! 2015 and Paint-A-Thon 2015 finally became realities from July 24 to 26, 2015! Weather forecast predictions were unfavourable, but with our fingers crossed, we got lots of sunshine! As a team, we managed to organize one of the most vibrant events in the GTA! We had entertainment from local performers, outdoor social painting workshops, games and activities, merchandise, SportsZone from our long-term partner CCYAA, and outdoor movie screening from Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. In addition, we had a variety of food vendors ranging from grilled meats and seafood, ice-cream, ramen burgers, poutine, fruit juices, and bubble teas.

Thank you so much to all our organizers and volunteers who helped made Night It Up! 2015 and Paint-A-Thon 2015 such a success! Don’t forget to join us at our Volunteer Appreciation Party and Awards Ceremony in August. More details to come!

PUYO 2015 Annual Retreat

May 30, 2015


PUYOers enjoyed a fun filled weekend at YMCA Geneva Park for the annual PUYO retreat. Although the weather was gloomy and the bugs came in swarms our members’ spirits were never dampened.

The YMCA staff made sure there was never a dull moment by packing the weekend with kayaking, canoeing, low ropes and many more activities that allowed our members to bond and enjoy the great outdoors away from the busy city life.

It was also our first time inviting Health Out Loud members to the retreat to provide a workshop dealing with conflict resolution and building/maintaining long term working relationships.

Lester B. Pearson C.I. Volunteer Fair

May 19, 2015


Lester B. Pearson C.I invited PUYO back for their annual volunteer fair on May 19th. The fair is held to allow students to explore and learn more about the various volunteer opportunities that could be found in the area.

PUYO was there to help bring awareness to the organization while emphasizing the chance to participate in the E3 Challenge as well as volunteer at this year’s Night It Up! Night Market.

The event was a great success and the students were all excited and ready to discover a whole new side to volunteering. Thank you Lester B. Pearson C.I for inviting us back this year and hope to see you again next year!.

Mayor Scarpitti’s Annual Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration

March 10, 2015


Power Unit Youth Organization was invited by Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s staff to volunteer at the Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner. The event was held on March 5th, 2015 at the Markham Events Centre. It was an amazing night filled with delicious food and wonderful performances, with over 900 attendees.

Thanks to those who volunteered at the event: Anita Ko, Rosana Zeng, Laura You, Joe Li, Eric Li, Franca Tam, Alice Chong, Cindy Lee, Shirley Ng, Chris Yau, Tian Hu, Eddie Wang, Jenny Cui, Jerry Wong, Brian Pan, Charles Lau, Cassidy Lo, Ling Chung, Alexandra Lam, and Kareem Olatinwo. A special thanks to Oscar Fong, our PUYO Events Representative for coordinating the volunteers for this event!

PUYO 2016 Beneficiary: Yellow Brick House – Mother’s Day Bake Sale

May 7, 2015


PUYO is celebrating this Mother’s Day with a bake sale fundraiser for our beneficiary, Yellow Brick House to honour all the moms out there.

Specials thanks to Charming Desserts for sponsoring the strawberry rose flavoured macarons.

ALL proceeds go towards our beneficiary, Yellow Brick House, an organization that provides services to empower abused women and children to lead violence free lives

PUYO 2016 Beneficiary: Yellow Brick House – Charity Visit

February 8, 2015


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.

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

December 23, 2014


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!

PUYO Christmas Party 2014

December 22, 2014


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!

PUYO 2014-2015 Orientation

November 27, 2014


Thanks to everyone who came out to Power Unit Youth Organization’s Orientation this year! It was great to see new smiling faces and returning members. We hope everyone was able to find out about the teams they wanted to join this year!

Mon Sheong Foundation Cathy Ball 2014

November 1, 2014


PUYO was invited by Mon Sheong Foundation to attend their 23rd annual Cathay Ball on November 1, 2014. The event was filled with amazing performances, and showcased a highlight of Mon Sheong Foundation’s history,services, and fundraising efforts. We learned about the DiSCOVER program organized by Mon Sheong Youth Group, a leadership development program for a selection of 20 youths that consists of workshops, seminars, Mandarin classes, as well as a trip to China in July 2015. It is aimed at cultivating and nurturing interests in modern, political, social, and economic aspects of China. More information about the DiSCOVER program will be released in January, stay tuned!