|It’s official, the 1812 Bicentennial celebrations in Niagara have their mascot.
On Tuesday at Niagara College the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council unveiled the mascot for its celebrations commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The winner, Patch and Satch, was designed by college art and design foundation student Asha Green and is actually a duo of characters, one a back pack dressed in British military uniform and the other a native Canadian satchel. Students in the art and design foundation program all submitted designs for the mascot that will appear in Passport Niagara: A Journey into the War of 1812.
Green, of Chippawa, polled her six younger siblings when she was conceptualizing the mascot.
“I asked them what they like,” she said, explaining the answer came back with characters from the likes of Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer. Coupling that with historic research and the fact that pretty much everyone involved in the war carried one of the two conveyances and Patch and Satch were born.
|Niagara Catholic District School Board consultant to the Historic Niagara Education Committee Janice Barretto-Mendonca explained that the Passport Niagara program will see students from all school boards travelling at a subsidized rate to various 1812 historic sites across the region. While there they will have their 1812 passports stamped while Patch and Satch provide insight into the historic sites. Barretto-Mendonca explained that the two mascots might appear in person or on signs, that much isn’t yet out of the bag.
She added that it wasn’t easy picking a winner from the various designs and noted that the committee settled on the two bags because they wanted a pair that could dialogue between each other. She pointed out that the two characters, one British and one native, bridge a cultural divided the committee had hoped to incorporate.
“Students will have the chance to relive the events that shaped our history,” said Barretto-Mendonca, pointing out that the passport program is set to officially launch in June.
Green, who hopes to go into advertising, said she can hardly believe she won.
“This is right where I want to be,” she said.