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 Janna
What is your background / what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
I was born and raised in Prince George and have worked for Telus communications in the Future Friendly Home division for almost 9 years and soon plan to be working full-time from my home office. I have 2 beautiful children, Thomas(7) and Haylen(4) who take up a large amount of my time and energy. For hobbies, I love crafts, card making and painting. I love the outdoors, camping, snowshoeing, swimming, and exploring new places.
When did you see Star Wars for the first time and where?
The first time I watched Star Wars was when I was 7 years old. My 2 older brothers sat me down with 3 VHS tapes to learn what Star wars was. At the time I thought they were torturing me. When I was 15 I watched the movies again and I was hooked.
What is your favourite Star Wars movie?
My favourite Star Wars movie would have to be Empire Strikes Back.
What is your favourite costume and or prop (any franchise)?
My favourite costumes from Star Wars would of course have to be Leia, however, I love my TK as I love to be a faceless character, and trooping truly for my character. If it was any franchise – my favourite video game costume would have to be Snake from Metal Gear solid.
What costumes (SW related or otherwise) have you made before?
My first costume and only costume is my TK – ANH stunt. I assisted on the build as I ran into this blindly. Like everyone, I have my sights set on more. 🙂
What inspires you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I have always had a creative drive to create and design things and love nothing more than seeing the end result. In the last few years I have had the pleasure of working next to an amazingly skilled member who has helped fuel my passions and has shown my my possibilities are endless.
How did you first find out about the 501st Legion?
I volunteered at the first Fancon in Prince George in 2015 for the event itself. A nerd at heart, I was drawn to the booth and the costumes…I kissed R2 and that was it… 🙂
In 2017 I met BH-31905 at Fancon and I’ve been tied to the 501st ever since.
What drives you to stay trooping in the 501st Legion?
I think the biggest thing that drives me is seeing the reaction on children’s faces and being able to make the difference in someones day. As a child I spent a large amount of time in Vancouver Children’s Hospital going through treatment, within that time many different celebrities and costumed characters came through trying to brighten our days. The ability to give this back now as an adult, melts my heart each and every time I put on my kit.