Canada Games mascots unveiledThe Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE — The 2009 Canada Games has a mascot — actually two.
The new mascots were unveiled Friday at a splashy ceremony held at Summerside’s Credit Union Place.
The two, named Abbie (after the Mi’kmaq word Abegweit for the Island) and Eddie (after Edward in Prince Edward Island), were mobbed by more than a hundred children when they were introduced.
Children were given bubble-blowers minutes before the mascots’ grand entrance and didn’t waste any time filling the air with gossamer bubbles.
“Abbie and Eddie are great ambassadors for Prince Edward Island and the 2009 Canada Games and we are thrilled to introduce them to children of all ages today,” said Canada Games host society president Joseph Spreit.
“I must commend our volunteer mascot committee who helped plan for their creation as these characters will be able to tell a unique story about the Games, and appeal to children across our Island and our country.”
Peggy Miles, the Credit Union Place’s special events co-ordinator, said the mascot committee did plenty of “brainstorming” and had tossed around many ideas for mascots based on foxes, lighthouses and lobsters, to name a few.
“But none of those really quite fit,” said Miles, chair of the mascot committee.
But after consulting with children — the target audience — they came with an “animated brother and sister act”, she said.
The mascots will have a busy schedule with several appearances throughout the Island slated for Aug. 10-21.