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

August 3 to August 7
PACHI is travelling with the Parapan Am Games Torch Relay. He can be found at all Day and Evening Celebrations. See www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay.

Every day until August 15
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Nathan Phillips Square Superstore
100 Queen Street W. – Toronto, ON

Everyday August 7 to August 15
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Nathan Phillips Square – Victory Celebration
100 Queen Street W. – Toronto, ON

Everyday August 7 to August 15
Surprise Time
PACHI can be found at various venues inside the entire games footprint!

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