Welcome to the Outer Rim Garrison, home of the 501st Legion in British Columbia, Canada.
Who We Are
The British Columbia members of the 501st Legion first formed a squad in 2006 under the Ontario-based Canadian Garrison.
In 2007, we transferred as a squad to the Badlands Garrison (western Canada) and in 2014 we officially became a Garrison in the 501st Legion with 32 official members. As of the summer of 2016, we have 80 active members across the province and growing!
While the majority of our members are based in the lower mainland, the Garrison has troopers stationed throughout the island and the interior of the province.
Why We Do What We Do
A lot fans ask why 501st Legion members why they “do what they do.”
The fact is – we are all fans of Star Wars, regardless if we are members of the 501st Legion or not. In our case, we express our fandom through the use of costumes for charity. We enjoy giving back, whether that means visiting hospitals, supporting charities with fundraisers, or participating in community events.
Most importantly, we enjoy putting smiles on peoples’ faces. Whether they are young, or the young at heart! If you are interested in joining the 501st Legion or simply have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
While the 501st was initially founded to unite costumers with a penchant for Star Wars villainy, one of our real-world missions is to bring good to our communities through volunteer charity work. The 501st is always looking for opportunities to brighten the lives of the less fortunate and to bring awareness to positive causes on both a local and global scale.
While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to a charitable organization in the name of the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, please ask the participating local 501st members for their favorite cause.
With over 67 garrisons in the Legion, we have accumulated some impressive totals over the years.
Each year the 501st Legion members volunteer their time to attend a number of charity related events. In 2013 Legion members helped to raise $262,328 through our own fundraising efforts, and attended events that helped to raise over $32 Million Dollars for charity. Our members donated over 28,946 ‘man hours’ wearing our Imperial Costumes all in the name of fundraising and charity!
Giving back to the community is the cornerstone of everything we do. The Outer Rim Garrison works with many charities in British Columbia. We are very proud to support these charities!
Featured Trooper: Larry Gillis
What is your background / what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
I am originally from Newfoundland but my family left when I was six and I grew up in Halifax. I moved to the west coast with my parents when my dad was transferred out here. Later I joined the army and served for five years until I injured my knee and left the forces.
I was married on May 25th, 1996. That’s right, the same day that Star Wars originally opened in theatres back in 1977. My wife still hasn’t forgiven me for tricking her into getting married on that day.
I currently work at a small automotive shop in Sidney as a mechanic and have been doing that for nearly 20 years.
For hobbies I build models, make custom action figures, study Martial Arts and practice archery. I also have a few different collections including Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, NASA / space collectables and edged weapons.
When did you see Star Wars for the first time and where?
I first saw Star Wars in Halifax in 1977. I went with my brothers and sisters, and I admit I was hooked as soon as I had watched it.
What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
Episode IV: A New Hope will always be number one to me.
What is your favorite costume and or prop (any franchise)?
Well this is tough, but I would have to say the Battlestar Galactica model from the original TV series. That model, like most back then, were built using pieces from other kits and parts that were made from scratch. It’s also a big part of my childhood like Star Wars.
What costumes (SW related or otherwise) have you made before?
I’ve made a zombie mechanic, a zombie killer, and a Rebel Fleet Trooper as well as many different Halloween costumes.
What inspires you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I get inspiration from everywhere. As a model builder and custom figure maker, I am always looking for new ideas and they can come from the strangest places.
How did you first find out about the 501st Legion?
I first found out about the 501st at the Cherry Bomb toy show where I first met Ray (Svicar). I was in my Rebel Fleet Trooper outfit and we talked for sometime about the Legion. I met Steve (One-5) at the next toy show and trooped with the 501st members in my Rebel outfit until I completed my first Imperial costume later that year.
What drives you to stay trooping in the 501st Legion?
It’s a lot of fun and I enjoy helping charities to raise funds. Also the other troopers are great to be around, and not to mention that I look darn good in uniform!
If you were to get a job at LucasFilm, what would it be?
As a model builder/prop maker, that would be a very cool job for me!