The official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
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.
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.
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!
To invite PACHI to your special event, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
- 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!
Saturday, April 11
City of Ajax – Pan Am Activation
1355 Kingston Road, Pickering, Ontario
Monday, April 16
Toronto City Hall Appreciation Event
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, April 18
TO2015 Toronto Eaton Centre Shop – Meet & Greet
Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Thursday, April 23
City of Markham - Gala for Giving
Le Parc Banquet Centre, 8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill, ON
Friday, April 24
Indy Sportz Film Fest
Alexandra Park Community Centre, 105 Grange Court, Toronto, ON
Sunday, April 26
Cadillac Fairview Run
1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, April 28
CivicAction Summit: Better City Bootcamp
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, North Building
Saturday, May 2
Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Young People’s Concert
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON