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: Kelsey Pierce
What is your background / what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
I am an office administrator for a Plumbing and HVAC company. Aside from work I am very into health and fitness. I spend 8-10 hours a week weight lifting and running. I love outdoor activities and try to hike a couple times a month when not trooping. I also have two wonderful house rabbits from the Vancouver Rabbit Rescue, another wonderful charity I support.
When did you see Star Wars for the first time and where?
My mom brought home Star Wars on VHS when I was a little kid. At the time I didn’t know there was more than one film. It was a full week of questions and rewatching before she let on that she also bought episode V and VI for Easter.
What is your favourite Star Wars movie?
There will always be a special place in my heart for A New Hope. It was the first one I saw, and no other film can replace that moment; that sense of awe.
What is your favourite costume and or prop (any franchise)?
My first film inspired costume was Obi Wan Kenobi from A New Hope. I loved it so much as a kid I tried to wear it two years in a row. Mom agreed when I claimed ghost Obi was different, so I painted my face white.
What costumes (SW related or otherwise) have you made before?
I currently wear my biker scout. I just finished my Rey, and have my TK all trimmed up.
How did you first find out about the 501st Legion?
My SO already had a TK, and when we saw the 501st table at Fan Expo I knew we had to join!
What drives you to stay trooping in the 501st Legion?
I love the charity aspect! The opportunity for my passion of costuming and Star Wars helping others brings a giant smile to my face. I couldn’t find a better way to express my love of the films.
If you were to get a job at LucasFilm, what would it be?
I would love to work in the costume department, however my skill set would be better utilized in the office. Most likely payroll/accounting or scheduling.