Dr. Nicholas Harrison
Name: Dr. Nicholas Harrison
TK ID: SL-79797
Member since: 2015
Fan since: When the whole thing started, and remains a fan for life. For much more information about my obsession and devotion to the Star Wars universe, please feel free to check out my blog: starwarssavedmylife.wordpress.
Name: Shannon Bradley
TK ID: ID-48011
Member since: 2017
Fan since: I was born the year A New Hope released, so it seems that I was destined for a life of Star Wars fandom. 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. Charity work is something I absolutely live for, and over the past 20 years I have managed many, many events for various organizations. I volunteered 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! 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 guys have compared me to a toddler on too much sugar at events, but honestly what could possibly be better than what we do?!?! And now I have the opportunity to give back to the garrison by working with the amazing staff, and I am thrilled to be here!
Captain of the Guard
Name: Bradley Fehr
TK ID: BH-11838
Member since: November 2015
Fan since: It all started when I watched A New Hope (simply called Star Wars at the time) in a theatre in New Westminster. I was hooked and have been a fan ever since.
I watched all three movies in the theatre and have fond memories of watching the Ewok Movies on television.
I built my first Boba Fett costume for the release of the Special Editions and wore opening night of The Phantom Menace in theatres (I camped out overnight to get tickets) as well as the other two prequel movies on opening night. It was a home-made, budget costume and years later I decided to see what would happen if I upgraded it a bit. One upgrade led to another and then another and I eventually joined the 501st Legion as Boba Fett from the Empire Strikes Back.
I’m a collector, Star Wars video game enthusiast (KOTOR is still one of my all-time favourites), was a big fan of the Expanded Universe novels (now Legends), Clone Wars was great and I’m enjoying new canon novels.
I was able to turn my passion for Star Wars into a chance to give back to the community through the 501st Legion and the Outer Rim Garrison. I love bringing smiles to the faces of kids and adults alike, and am thrilled I can help raise money for charities and take part in community events.
Name: James Walker
TK ID: TK-97661
Member since: 2017
Fan since: As a child, I pretty much wore down the original Star Wars trilogy and Ewoks: Battle for Endor VHS tapes. Any fan of Star Wars has always dreamed of being part of a galaxy far, far away.
The 501st Legion not only allows us to live out or childhood dreams of being Lord Vader or a Stormtrooper onboard the Death Star, it also allows us to enhance other peoples lives in the charity work we do and share our passion for something that means so much to us by bringing a smile to both kids and adults. The Outer Rim Garrison is filled with awesome people who all have the same passion for Star Wars, being able to volunteer with each and everyone one of the members is an honor.
As a father of two, the 501st Legion allows me to also share my love for Star Wars with son and daughter. My son has been able to join me in many events such as parades and charity work and every time my daughter points at a Stormtrooper or Kylo Ren and says “daddy”, it gives me a smile from ear to ear.
Name: Emily McRae
TK ID: TR-12132
Member since: September 2017
Fan since: As long as I can remember!
I’m honestly not sure what my first experience was with Star Wars. I’ve always been drawn to the science-fiction genre. Even though I have a diploma in Computer Information Systems, I’ve been a Registered Pharmacy Technician since 2011. I have a wonderfully supportive husband, and an adorable child who is just beginning to experience everything that is Star Wars.
I want to encourage anyone that wants to join us to jump right into the middle of it, no matter how intimidating it seems. This is an amazing group of people, and we love to help!
Name: Tammy Anderson
TK ID: TK-42144
Member since: May 2016
Fan since: Well I’m sure my parents showed me A New Hope before we saw Empire at the drive-in theatre, but I really don’t remember that far back so I guess I’d have to say 1980. I was a rebel through and through when I was a little girl. I dressed up as Princess Leia, and I collected the figures and the hockey style Star Wars cards obsessively. I remember when I was about 12 I was playing on our wharf and my favorite Luke Skywalker card fell between the wood slats…I was devastated! Crying, I leaned over and pulled all of the weeds out from under the doc until my precious card finally came out. It was wet, but it was saved By the time I was an adult I was in love with Stormtroopers and my goal in life was to have a full sized one in my living room (and I do!). Who knew I would actually get to dress up as one too! I love everything about the 501st and tell everyone I meet about us. I am honored to be able to help out the garrison as a GEC this year and look forward to many more years of trooping with my family and friends.
Name: Steve Lewis
TK ID: TI-7615
Member since: The first time I saw Return of the Jedi in the theatre as a youngling back in 1983. Star Wars has been a part of my life ever since then.
Being part of the 501st Legion has been an amazing experience since I was first approved in 2012. Not only do I really enjoy all of the work we do to support various charities, but it’s been great to meet people of all ages and backgrounds who have come together over their love of Star Wars.
When I’m not dressing up like a plastic space man, I work as an exhibition designer at the Royal BC Museum. It’s a pretty cool gig where I’m very lucky to work with a great team and see some really amazing things in our collection. Fun fact, we have an Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker action figure still in it’s original, mint packaging on display in one of our galleries.
Name: Trevor Elkey
TK ID: BH-31905
Member since: 2015
Fan since: I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since watching The Empire Strikes Back in 1981. The characters and story captivated me even though I really had no clue what was really going on.
Name: John Klinger
TK ID: BH-455 /DS-455
Member since: 2005
Fan since: Been a fan of Star Wars since 1977 when my cousins first took me to see it in theatres. It was a love at first sight passion from that day. Since that day I have always had Star Wars in my life. I had and played with a lot of the toys as a kid that has turned into a fairly big collection of memorabilia that takes up a fair sized room in my home.
I first was introduced to the 501st at a convention in Calgary where I was dressed as Boba Fett; was approached by members of the then Badlands Squad and asked if I had interest in joining. Once I got home I joined. Since I was in BC I had to join the Canadian Garrison. About a year later I was approached by another member in BC and was asked if I wanted to help form a squad in BC. Therefore I am one of the “first five” that formed the squad in 2006. I served 2 years as squad leader before Terry took over. I am very proud of where the Outer Rim has got to since its humble beginnings.
I currently live in Armstrong B.C. and work for Hytec which is a sub company for Kohler Ltd. Our company manufactures fiberglass bathtubs and shower units. I’ve been with the company for 14+ years and hold a position as a production lead hand. In the past I served 11 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in one of the armoured Regiments.
As the event coordinator for the Interior, I will do my best to build strong relationships in the Interior and local communities. I plan to try and build up the troop numbers here in the Interior region.
Name: Brett Cullen
TK ID: TI-47470
Member since: 2015
Fan since: As long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of watching the Battle of Hoth from ESB on VHS when I was just a toddler. Something about the AT-AT’s roaming across this icy plain to attack a base of rebels had quite the impression on a young Brett. Since then I was hooked and now I’m lucky enough to be living in an era where Star Wars is more popular and powerful than ever.
The 501st came into my life because of my passion for photography. I was lucky enough to get the gig of being the photographer for the garrison at Northern FanCon 2016. After spending an entire weekend with the group I realized could finally geek out about Star Wars to my hearts content and make a positive impact in my community – I HAD to join. I was always fascinated with flying and black armour was just so cool, so when it came to choosing my costume a TIE Pilot was the natural choice.
Outside of the 501st, as hinted at earlier, I’m a photographer who runs a photography business based in Prince George, BC. I specialize in portraiture and live music photography. I’m lucky enough that I get to travel all around Western Canada and take photos of some of my favourite artists. I think I’m pretty blessed to have the career path I’ve chosen, but that hasn’t stopped me from pursuing a degree with a major in marketing and communications from the University of Northern British Columbia. I’m set to graduate in the spring of 2019.
My goal as public relations officer is to spread the word of the Outer Rim Garrison and the 501st to as many people as possible to help maximize the amount of good us “Bad Guys” bring to our communities, and to spread a love for Star Wars by representing our garrison to the best of my abilities at as many troops as possible.
Name: Rheanna Labossiere
TK ID: TK-56834
Member since: November 2015
Fan since: I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t love Star Wars.
My passion for Star Wars and the 501st Legion comes from each and every person I have met in the 501st, it comes from the smiles on everyone’s faces when they see us, from the sense of belonging at each troop, and from the adrenaline rush of being in a sweaty, stuffy plastic space soldier costume.
I have an overwhelming sense of pride and joy to be able to be a part of such an amazing community. I feel that I have changed a lot because of the 501st Legion, and there is not enough I can say to properly express how much it means to me. I am also excited to be able to give back to the Garrison as Public Relations Officer.
Name: Valorie Hoye
TK ID: DZ–32067
Member since: June 2016
Fan since: I’m an original fan from back in 1977. I subscribed to Bantha Tracks. I collected the bubble gum cards and action figures. I had a puzzle, the bed sheets and two board games. I made T-shirts with those iron-on transfers. My mother found a white shirt with deep sleeves, a short slip and something to wrap my hair around and presto, I was Princess Leia for my first school dance in fifth grade. When the “Story Of” albums came along, I spent hours listening to the music and dialogue for each of the first three movies. Being a Star Wars fan was always something I did with friends. It was a friend who introduced me to the 501st Legion and kept nagging until I joined the Outer Rim Garrison. I’m certainly glad I did. Joining the Command staff as Charity Officer gives me a chance to give back just a little bit of what Star Wars has given to me over more than three decades.
Name: Aaron Lutsch
TK ID: BH-32794
Member since: March 2015
Fan since: I grew up just when Star Wars first came out. My family had the original CBS VHS cassettes and I’m pretty sure I burned a hole in each tape from the amount of times I’ve seen them. Whenever I was sick, or there was bad weather…or just because I hadn’t seen them in a while, there was never a bad excuse to watch the most amazing trilogy ever. I was also an avid figure collector and have fond memories of zooming around my house with the Millennium Falcon.
I’m a teacher in the Greater Victoria School District. Currently I teach Digital Media and Visual Art, but also have a background in Theatre. My students think it’s pretty cool to have Boba Fett as their teacher…it definitely earns me some street cred. I also own a small photography business where I specialize in corporate and event photography. I’ve shot professionally since moving to British Columbia in 2006.
I have recently moved into the wonderful world of Droid Building and have built a Gonk, Mouse Droid and the newest member of the family, BB8. It’s incredible to see the joy these droids bring to children young and old!
Name: Cameron Ross
TK ID: TK-2141
Member since: 2009
Fan since: 1977
I’m Cameron Ross, the Garrison’s Membership Liaison and a member of the web development team. I have been an active 501st member since early 2009, a member of the R2 Builders club since late 2000, and a member of the Rebel Legion since 2003. I have a Stormtrooper, Imperial Officer, and Rebel Fleet Trooper costumes, along with my R2 unit.
In 1995 I moved to BC from Ontario and I spent my teen (high school years) in Bermuda. I have a Physics degree from Wilfrid Laurier Universiy and currently live in 100 Mile House, where I own and operate a computer services business.
Name: Laura Antonescu
TK ID: ID-30791
Member since: 2015
Fan since: I was introduced to Star Wars by my middle school classmate who lent me the whole series on VHS. I remember being stuck to the television for the whole weekend, going one movie after the other and being unable to stop. I’m pretty sure I got in trouble a few times for eating in front of the TV, but I was far too fixated on the action to pat attention to that. In fact, I would have watched them all a second time if I didn’t need to return the tapes. The series is also what probably started my love for all things fantasy and sci-fi, but that’s a whole other can of worms!
I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Computing Science and currently work on video games at Electronic Arts. I’ve always tried to participate in social, academic or community groups as much as I can, including: student societies, event planning groups, and D&D campaigns. When I was introduced to the existence of the 501st by a coworker and given the opportunity to join, I definitely caught a bit of a bug! I was already pretty avid about costuming, a stickler for details and went to lots of conventions, but now I could do that with an amazing group of people and be able to give back to the community as well. Plus, I made some really fantastic friends!
My goal is now to bring others to the ‘dark side’ and show them what an amazing group our garrison is!
Name: Chris Ballance
TK ID: TK-82997
Member since: 2016
Fan since: I have been a Star Wars fan since the late 1970s. Decades later I now get to look like one of the iconic stormtroopers and participate in many of the fantastic events the 501st Legion supports.
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