Above: Asha Marie Green wins Legacy Council’s 1812 Mascot competition with her “Pack and Satch” design.
Meet “Pack and Satch.”
The pair – consisting of a British backpack and First Nations satchel, respectively – are about to become famous travel companions to 30,000 Niagara children embarking on a journey into the War of 1812.
On April 10, the fun characters designed by Niagara College’s Art & Design Foundation student Asha Marie Green were unveiled as the winning mascot design for Passport Niagara: A Journey into the War of 1812 that will become the voice in a new curriculum tool for children in the region. She was among 35 students in the program who answered a call by the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council to design a mascot.
“I can’t believe it. It was awesome to be chosen,” said the 21-year-old student. “I’m so thankful. To have an opportunity like this is a good start to my career.”
Green noted that her younger brothers’ preferences for cartoons such as Snoopy and Woodstock inspired her idea to have two mascots instead of just one, to promote back-and-forth banter that appeals to children. She worked on her design for an entire month, tweaking it until the last minute until all the details were exactly how she wanted them.
Janice Barretto-Mendonca, junior consultant Niagara Catholic District School Board and a member of the Historic Niagara Education Committee – which designed the Passport Niagara Program – noted that they were looking for a symbol to engage a broad range of students, have a multi-media application, and bridge the connection between the British and Canada’s First Nations’ People.
“We are confident that this mascot will bring history to life for the 30,000 students across the Niagara Region,” she said.
She commended all students who participated for doing a “tremendous job.”
“We saw the quality of the artwork the students have submitted and the rationales they provided, and it was a difficult choice,” she said.
Annette Hemerik, coordinator of the Art & Design Foundation program, said the students took the project to heart, putting a lot of hard work into their designs.
“It was a challenging project for the students as the timing for the development and the design of the mascot was intense and deadline driven; however, the result has been received as extremely positive and a great experience for both the students and the Historic Niagara Education Committee,” she said.
While Green’s mascot was announced as the winner, several students were also commended for their efforts. Owen Kleiser received second place for his 1812 Beaver design, Dayna Kathryn Hambrook received third prize for her 1812 soldier, and Stephen Anthony Mallows received an Honourable Mention for his Brock with Horse mascot.
Acting president Steve Hudson applauded the students’ efforts.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to get the work of students out in front of the community, and pull the community around what’s going to be a common theme as we celebrate the War of 1812 and what it meant to creating Canada as a country,” he said.
To view photos of the April 10 event, held at the Welland Campus, click here.