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.