Toronto 2015 Mascot - PACHI | Pan Am / Parapan Am Official Mascot

Hi, I'm Pachi

The official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

Image of Pachi

Quills

Porcupines have more than 30,000 quills. PACHI has just 41 — one for each of the Pan American countries participating in the Games.

Pan Am Wristband

This wristband represents the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games taking place July 10-26, 2015.

Eyes

PACHI, like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficulty seeing objects that are far away.

TORONTO 2015 Hat

PACHI is excited for the TORONTO 2015 Games and wants everyone to come and celebrate with him.

Did you know the 2015 Games will be the largest multi-sport Games ever held in Canada?

Parapan Am Wristband

This wristband represents the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games taking place August 7 — 14, 2015.

About PACHI

PACHI is a young porcupine who grew up just west of Toronto in a forested area of the Niagara Escarpment. PACHI isn’t your typical porcupine; he’s outgoing and loves to explore new places and meet new friends. And while there are some prickly challenges in being accepted as a porcupine, PACHI is out to prove otherwise.

PACHI has 41 brightly coloured quills—one for each of the Pan American countries participating in the Games. His quills are five brilliant colours and represent qualities that he holds – green is youth, fuchsia is passion, blue is collaboration, orange is determination and purple is creativity. PACHI, like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficultly seeing people and objects that are far away.

One day, PACHI noticed lights and noise coming from the east. Always an adventure seeker, he quickly headed in that direction. His journey ended in Toronto and when he arrived, he noticed that everyone was diverse and unique like him. PACHI’s dream is for everyone to celebrate their differences and be proud of their individuality, like him.

Everyone was welcoming and this made it fun and easy for PACHI to meet new friends, explore the cool neighbourhoods and attend tons of great events. The city was so inviting that PACHI made Toronto his new home.

PACHI quickly learned that Toronto is hosting the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games during the summer of 2015. He heard that thousands of athletes, spectators and volunteers would be coming to the city. What a perfect opportunity to get involved and play host to the Americas and the Caribbean, he thought!

Porcupines are found throughout North America and South America, including in more than 20 of the Pan American countries competing at the Games.

The Niagara Escarpment is a massive forested limestone ridge that extends from the Niagara River north to Georgian Bay. The escarpment is known for its waterfalls, river systems, forests and beautiful vistas.

PACHI Loves Friends

PACHI loves meeting new people and making friends, whether in person or on social media. He has his own Instagram account @PACHI_the_Porcupine where you can follow him and upload your own PACHI pictures, too!

PACHI Appearances

To invite PACHI to your special event, please email the details to mascot@toronto2015.org.


*As of May 2015, the TO2015 Mascot team will not be accepting new community appearance requests. Look out for PACHI at the Torch Relay celebrations and Games this summer!

Community Downloads

PACHI the porcupine cannot wait for the Games this summer! To help kids get excited about the Games, PACHI has created three different PACHI colouring sheets and two different PACHI posters for businesses and community groups to use. Check them out on the community downloads page.

Quick Facts

  • Home: The Niagara Escarpment just west of Toronto
  • Hobbies: Climbing trees, swimming, dancing, new adventures and meeting new friends from around the world
  • Favourite food: Fruit, leaves and bark
  • Favourite colour: Pan Am Green
  • Family: Porcupines are found throughout North and South America, including in more than 20 of the Pan American countries competing at the Games

About the Creators

Team Porcupine includes Jenny Lee, Fiona Hong, Michelle Ing and Paige Kunihiro—a group of Grade 8 students from Buttonville Public School in Markham, Ontario.

The group entered the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge as part of a school project led by physical education teacher Mari Ellery. The four friends put their heads together and spent two months perfecting their porcupine and adding as many Pan Am colours as they could. Their hard work paid off!

Creators of Pachi

Where’s PACHI?

Saturday, May 30th
3:30pm – 6:00pm
SING – The Distillery Historic District
Square on Trinity Street – Toronto, ON

Sunday, May 31st
9:00am
Thunder Bay City Hall
500 Donald Street E. – Thunder Bay, ON 

Sunday, May 31st
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
3 Chris Simon Dr. – Wawa, ON

Monday, June 1st
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Roberta Bondar Tent Pavilion
65 Foster Drive – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Tuesday, June 2nd
11:30am – 1:30pm
Town Park
161 Woodward Avenue – Blind River, ON

Tuesday, June 2nd
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Grace Hartman Amphitheater – Bell Park
900 Paris Street – Greater Sudbury, ON

Wednesday, June 3rd
11:30am – 1:30pm
Forces Day – Kiwanis Bandshell (Next to the Marina)
Memorial Drive – North Bay, ON

Wednesday, June 3rd
5:30pm – 8:00pm
River Mill Park
King Street at Queen St. – Huntsville, ON

Thursday, June 4th
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Victoria Centennial Park
Victoria Ave N. – Kawartha Lakes – Lindsay, ON

Thursday, June 4th
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Del Crary Park
100 George Street N. – Peterborough, ON

Friday, June 5th
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Bowmanville Ribfest – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
2440 Regional Hwy 2 – Bowmanville, ON

Friday, June 5th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Oshawa Town Hall
50 Centre Street South – Oshawa, ON

Saturday, June 6th
10:45am – 11:15am
Pickering High School
180 Church Street N. – Ajax, ON

Saturday, June 6th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Audley Recreation Centre
1955 Audley Road N. – Ajax, ON

Sunday, June 7th
1:00pm
Grand Parade
Argyle Street – Halifax, NS

Monday, June 8th
10:00am – 11:00am
Brooklin Community Centre and Library
8 Vipond Rd – Whitby, ON

Monday, June 8th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Couchiching Beach Park
140 Canice Street – Orillia, ON

Tuesday, June 9th
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Muskoka Wharf
Cherrokee Lane – Gravenhurst, ON

Tuesday, June 9th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Charles W Stokey Centre for the Performing Arts
2 Bay Street – Parry Sound, ON

Wednesday, June 10th
12:15pm – 1:30pm
North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
527 Len Self Blvd – Midland, ON

Wednesday, June 10th
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Barrie City Hall
70 Collier Street – Barrie, ON

Thursday, June 11th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Collingwood Town Hall
97 Hurontario Street – Collingwood, ON

Thursday, June 11th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
1900 3rd Avenue E. – Owen Sound, ON

Friday, June 12th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Riverdale Park
Fletcher Cressent and King Street N. – New Tecumseth – Alliston, ON

Friday, June 12th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre
6 Northmen Way – Orangeville, ON

Saturday, June 13th
4:30pm to 5:45pm
Caledon Day – Caledon Community Complex
6215 Old Church Road – Caledon, ON

Sunday, June 14th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mississauga Waterfront Festival – Memorial Park
20 Lakeshore Road E. – Mississauga, ON

Tuesday, June 16th
9:00am
Sarnia City Hall
255 Christina Street N. – Sarnia, ON

Tuesday, June 16th
12:45pm – 2:00pm
Tecumseh Park
50 William Street N. – Chatham, ON

Tuesday, June 16th
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Windsor City Hall
350 City Hall Square W. – Windsor, ON

Wednesday, June 17th
11:30am – 1:30pm
Leamington Municipal Marina
90 Robson Road – Leamington, ON

Wednesday, June 17th
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Victoria Park
509 Clarence Street – London, ON

Thursday, June 18th
11:30am – 1:30pm
Woodstock District Community Complex
381 Finkle Street – Woodstock, ON

Thursday, June 18th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Carl Zehr Square – City Hall
200 King Street West – Kitchener, ON

Friday, June 19th
10:45am – 12:45pm
Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – Cambridge City Hall Civic Square
50 Dickson Street – Cambridge, ON

Friday, June 19th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Burlington Sound of Music Festival – Spencer Smith Park
1400 Lakeshore Road – Burlington, ON

Saturday, June 20th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Lakeside Park
1 Lakeport Road – St. Catharines, ON

Saturday, June 20th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Parkway and Murray Street – Niagara Falls, ON

Sunday, June 21st
12:00pm – 1:30pm
National Aboriginal Day Soaring Spirit Festival – Gage Park
1000 Main Street East – Hamilton, ON

Sunday, June 21st
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Pier 8
47 Discovery Drive – Hamilton, ON

Monday, June 22nd
11:30am – 12:30pm
The Forks
1 Forks Market Road – Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday, June 23rd
11:30pm – 1:00pm
Milton Sports Centre
605 Santa Maria Boulevard – Milton, ON

Tuesday, June 23rd
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Gage Park
Southwest Corner of Main Street and Wellington Street – Brampton, ON

Wednesday, June 24th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Vaughan City Hall
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive – Vaughan ON

Wednesday, June 24th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park
1300 Elgin Mills Road E. – Richmond Hill, ON

Thursday, June 25th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Lambert Willson Park
Industrial Drive – Aurora, ON

Thursday, June 25th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Newmarket Riverwalk Commons
Doug Duncan Drive – Newmarket, ON

Friday, June 26th
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library
471 West Park Avenue – Bradford West Gwillimbury

Friday, June 26th
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Strawberry Festival – Memorial Park
12 Park Drive – Stouffvile, ON

Saturday, June 26th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard – Markham, ON

Tuesday, June 30th
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Spark Street
119 Sparks Street – Ottawa, ON

Wednesday, July 1st
Afternoon
Canada Day in Kanata – Walter Baker Park
100 Walter Baker Place – Kanata, ON

Wednesday, July 1st
Afternoon
Canada Day in Barrhaven – Clarke Fields Park
Barrhaven, ON

Thursday, July 2nd
8:45am - 9:15am
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard – Ottawa, ON

Thursday, July 2nd
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Rideau Canal (Parks Canada)
34 Beckwith Street S. – Smith Falls, ON

Thursday, July 2nd
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Fort Henry Festival – Fort Henry
Fort Henry Drive – Kingston, ON

Friday, July 3rd
Morning
Calgary Stampede Parade
Downtown Calgary, AB

Friday, July 3rd
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Lions Pavilion Zwick’s Park
Bay Bridge Road – Belleville, ON

Saturday, July 4th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
King Edward Park Arena
75 Elizabeth Road – Brighton, ON

Saturday, July 4th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Bloor Viaduct Lighting – Prince Edward Viaduct
Bloor Street East – Toronto, ON

Sunday, July 5th
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Pan Am Aquatics Centre
Parking Lot of Military Trail – Toronto, ON

Sunday, July 5th
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Afro Fest – Woodbine Park
Lake Shore Boulevard E. – Toronto, ON

Monday, July 6th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road – Toronto, ON

Monday, July 6th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Humber College: Colonel Sam Smith Park
3199 Lake Shore Boulevard W. – Toronto, ON

Tuesday, July 7th
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Montgomery’s Inn
4709 Dundas Street W. – Toronto, ON

Tuesday, July 7th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Albion Arena
1501 Albion Road – Toronto, ON

Wednesday, July 8th
11:30pm – 1:00pm
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street – Toronto, ON

Wednesday, July 8th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Earlscourt Park
1369 St. Clair Avenue W. – Toronto, ON

Thursday, July 9th
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Christie Pits Park
750 Bloor Street W. – Toronto, ON

Thursday, July 9th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street W. – Toronto, ON

Friday, July 10th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Ontario Celebration Zone – Canada Park (Harbourfront)
235 Queens Quay West – Toronto, ON