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: Shannon Bradley
What is your background / what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
My background is pretty varied! It ranges from serving in the Canadian Reserves to financial manager to payroll services to event management. My most enjoyed jobs have always been the unpaid kind – I have been involved with many charities over the years. Most recently I have been lucky enough to be a stay at home momma to a crazy little jawa!
When did you see Star Wars for the first time and where?
I was born the year A New Hope came out, so I would have been exposed pretty early. My first solid memory is in my early teens, that iconic scene with Carrie Fisher as slave Leia. She was so unbelievably amazing, taking her freedom into her own hands and offing Jabba that she became my role model.
What is your favourite Star Wars movie?
That is such a hard question!! Original Trilogy I would have to go with Return of the Jedi because of how adorably ridiculous the Ewoks are. New movies I think Rogue One is totally amazing.
What is your favourite costume and or prop (any franchise)?
As a gamer I have always loved things from World of Warcraft. Cosplayers who have put together actual costumes from game references blow me away! The skill of the graphic designers boggles my brain.
What costumes (SW related or otherwise) have you made before?
For several years my Mom and I went to the Halloween parties at the Vancouver Aquarium, and I made all our costumes for those. So I have done a gypsy, Anne Boleyn and Scarlett O’Hara for Mom, and a belly dancer, cabaret girl, vampire temptress and some others for myself. I once borrowed a Slave Leia and LOVED it! Ah to be young and sassy again!
What inspires you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Charity! I absolutely live for finding a cause that I can believe in and supporting it. My special joy is running events to raise money and/or awareness for a great charity. It allows my bossy nature to have an outlet while making people around my happy instead of grumpy lol
How did you first find out about the 501st Legion?
I worked with Variety the Childrens Charity for about 18 years, mostly on the Telethon and other large events. I eventually became a Board Member and had input on everything there. Outer Rim of course was involved in troops for Telethon and the Fan Expo, and I really got to know people at the Expo a few years ago. Destiny calling? Perhaps!
What drives you to stay trooping in the 501st Legion?
Having managed events for so long, at times it could get a bit stressful. Being with the 501st is so amazing, in that we get to show up to an event, put on a costume that people think is cool, make people happy and go home. Star Wars is so iconic in our culture that the way people get so excited makes me bounce with delight. I know you guys have compared me to a toddler on too much sugar at events, but honestly what could possibly be better than what we do?!?!
If you were to get a job at LucasFilm, what would it be?
I have been learning 3D modelling, so being able to do that would be awesome! Going to see a movie and being able to say “See that crate? The one that Darth Vader just pulverized? I MADE that crate!” would be so cool. Either that or be a Professional Cupcake Girl. My whole job would be to wander the offices to see what everyone is doing and give out cupcakes to make everyone happy. That’s a real job, right?