Celebrations Summary

August 3 - 7, 2015

Day 01 – August 3
Day 02 – August 4
Day 03 – August 5
Day 04 – August 6
Day 05 – August 7


Daily Celebrations Summary

Day 01 – August 3

With a unique start marking a first-ever in torch relay history, two separate Parapan Am flames were lit during special ceremonies — one in Ottawa, Ontario (east), and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario (west).

Elder Thomas Louttit (east) and Elder Cat Criger (west) created each of the flames before adding four sacred medicines — tobacco as the offering: cedar to call the attention of the spirits, sage for cleansing and sweetgrass for purification. The historic celebrations included traditional smudging and Aboriginal drummers, dancers and singers.

East – Ottawa and Kingston

To begin the relay, Peter Schuler, nominated by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Host First Nation for the TORONTO 2015 Games, was the first torchbearer to carry this Parapan Am flame. After being carried by a number of torchbearers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the flame then travelled to Kingston for a community celebration at Lake Ontario Park. Several torchbearers, including Chelsea Frances Lariviere, two-time Paralympian and Paralympic silver medallist, wheelchair racing, Karen Blachford, Paralympic gold medallist, wheelchair curling, and community-nominated torchbearer Brett Babcock carried the Parapan Am flame as part of the community celebration.

West – Niagara Falls and St. Catharines

In the west, torchbearers made a special visit to the Pan Am Plaza as part of the lead-up to the flame creation ceremony at the Table Rock Centre in Niagara Falls. Leah Sault, nominated by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Host First Nation for the TORONTO 2015 Games, was the first torchbearer to carry this Parapan Am flame. As part of the historic start, Dwight Drummond, co-host of CBC News Toronto carried the Parapan Am flame on board a helicopter as it travelled over the iconic falls. The flame then made its way to a community celebration at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines. Several torchbearers, including community nominated Bob Asham, carried the Parapan Am flame. 

Day 02 – August 4

East – Belleville, ON and Oshawa, ON

The Parapan Am flame began the day at Jane Forrester Park in Belleville where it was carried by several torchbearers, including Jahmaal Branker, member of the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area, Donald Jonah and Timothy Franklin Maracle, Special Olympians, and Derek Smith, NHL player for the Arizona Coyotes. The community cauldron was lit by community-nominated torchbearer Karen Kitchen. From there, the flame travelled to Oshawa for a community celebration at Lakeview Park. The flame was carried by more amazing torchbearers, including community-nominated torchbearer Adam White, who lit the community cauldron.

West – Hamilton, ON

In the west, the Parapan Am flame kicked off the day at the David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre where it was carried byJoe Boudreau, a member of Canada’s national wheelchair rugby team. Boudreau carried the flame through the Centre before passing it on to Gary Saxon, who completed a one-kilometre relay segment while riding a tandem bicycle. The Parapan Am flame then visited the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club where it was brought aboard a sailboat by Helen Dam, a member of the club’s Able Sail program. The day concluded at Bayfront Park where several torchbearers carried the Parapan Am flame as part of the celebration, including Mike West, Olympic multi-medallist, swimming, and Blair McIntosh, Canadian Paralympic Committee board member and vice-president, sport, Special Olympics Canada. The community cauldron was lit by community-nominated torchbearer Michael Joseph.


Day 03 – August 5

East – Whitby, ON

The Parapan Am flame spent the day in Whitby and travelled on board a sailboat carried by Richard Watters, before being passed to Shelley Gautier, world champion and Parapan Am silver medallist, cycling, who hand cycled more than a kilometre through the streets of Whitby. Gautier arrived with the Parapan Am flame to the Abilities Centre, where a community celebration was underway. The flame was carried by several more torchbearers, including Kristina Vaculik, Pan Am multi-medallist, artistic gymnastics, and Leo Plue, executive director, Abilities Centre.

West – Burlington, ON and Mississauga, ON

In the west, the Parapan Am flame was carried by Fernando Resende who hand cycled his leg of the route into Spencer Smith Park in Burlington for a community celebration. Several torchbearers carried the flame, including community-nominated torchbearer Brandon Wagner, Paralympic gold medallist and Parapan Am multi-medallist, wheelchair basketball, who lit the community cauldron. Following the celebration, the flame visited the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome before making its way to Lakeside Park in Mississauga. Community-nominated torchbearer Nydia Langill, Team member TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games, swimming, was among the many torchbearers to carry the flame as part of the celebration.


Day 04 – August 6

East – Ajax, ON

Rotary Park, Ajax, ON
10:45 - 11:25
177 Lake Driveway, Ajax

West – Toronto, ON

David Pecaut Square, Toronto
12:30 - 13:30
55 John Street, Toronto


Day 05 – August 7

Variety Village, Toronto, ON

10:00 - 10:40
3701 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

David Pecaut Square, Toronto, ON
12:00 - 12:05
55 John Street, Toronto

Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto, ON
12:25 - 12:37
111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Toronto, ON
13:00 - 13:30
16 Spadina Road, Toronto

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