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 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 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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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:
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
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!
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!
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!
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 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!.
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 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
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.
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!
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 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!