Name: Jamie Milman
TK ID: TK-21126
Member since: 2014
Fan since: I’ve been a fan as long as I can remember. I remember seeing Empire for the first time at home on VHS and I was old enough to see Jedi in theater for the first time. I never thought I could take my love of Star Wars and use it to do some good. I’ve always wanted Stormtrooper armor but it wouldn’t have actually happened without the 501st.
I majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology with a specialization in Criminology in University. I wanted to be a police officer (or Batman based on my choice of post-secondary education if you ask Kevin Smith) but my body refused to co-operate with me unfortunately. I’ve been working in the video game industry at Electronic Arts for the past 7 years in QA.
My goal with the 501st is to troop as often as I am able and to be a good ambassador for our Garrison, the Legion, and Star Wars. I love helping new recruits get started and will continue to do so as frequently as possible. I will do my part to not only help make the Garrison something to be proud of but to make it a family as well.
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 caught the costuming bug early growing up. Having a birthday near the end of October might have had something to do with Halloween being my favourite time of year. That and my background in theatre really opened me up to what is possible in costume/prop building.
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.
As an event coordinator, I will do my best to build strong relationships with our local charities and community groups. I look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Name: Terry Chui
TK ID: TK-2886
Member since: 2009
Fan since: I was lucky enough that my family brought me to watch Star Wars in the theatre at 6 years old. It left an indelible mark on me and inspired me to pursue visual arts. My wife Jaime is also a Legion Member, and we have a youngling daughter who will have lots of costumes in her future!
I graduated from Emily Carr and Capilano University with a background in graphic design and illustration. I have been a designer for many years, including career in a gaming as a UI artist, 3D modeler, concept artist, character designer, Art Director and Creative Director at Electronic Arts for 16 years. I currently run a mobile game studio called Nine Tail Studios. I also make props and costumes for fun and sometimes take on the odd commission here and there.
My goal is to grow the 501st Legion membership in BC, help new recruits on their adventures and continue our long standing relationships with charities and community groups.
Name: Karl Germyn
TK ID: TK-21122
Member since: 2015
Fan since: Geez, I dunno! My dad and I used to watch the original trilogy all the time back in the 80’s and 90’s.
I graduated from University of British Columbia North with a degree in Psychology. I work in the videogame industry as a junior programmer and QA Lead for Demonware/Activision. I also play and run several tabletop role-playing games, including a Star Wars : Edge of the Empire campaign.
My goal is to help grow our Garrison through event coordination, help new recruits, and build excellent relationships with our fellow costuming clubs, local charities, and businesses!
Name: Matt Volpe
TK ID: TK-21887
Member since: 2017
Fan since:1997. A New Hope was already around 20 years old by the time I first saw the original trilogy. I’ll never forget running out of the family room after seeing Darth Vader for the first time, and then refusing to watch any more of the movie until months later. Once I finally sat down to watch the movie, I knew this would be something that would stick with me for the rest of my life. Because of Star Wars, I rescued a great dog named Rex, who I found wandering the forest moon of Endor alone and starving, while I was camping to visit ROTJ film spots in Northern California. Star Wars costuming also brought me and my partner together, and for that, I will always be grateful.
My goal in life is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. To help achieve this goal I graduated with a degree in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University. With my work in the 501st I can further this goal by partnering with charities to bring additional funding and smiles to those who need it most. I look forward to every troop, and the many opportunities to continue building our relationship with the community and amazing charities we partner with.
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 toojQuery1124023959897688554732_1521488871472 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: 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: Steve Davie
TK ID: 42200
Member Since: 2015
Fan Since: I’m not sure if I was too young for it to register, or if I’m too old to remember my first watching of ANH but what I do remember, with such detail, is the love of it and the anticipation of the release of ESB. In particular a glossy promotional magazine that folded out into a huge ‘Luke on Tauntaun’ Poster, the cover read “Lights, Camera, the Star Wars team is back in Action!” Boy was I NOT disappointed and the addiction grew and grew.
I left the UK in 2005, moved to Vancouver and made it my home. I brought my passion for the ‘Wars’ with me and the desire to one day have a screen accurate Stormtrooper standing in my living room. I’d heard about the 501st and the work they do and after years of waiting for the right time, stalking the then ‘ORS’ at Cons and charity events, I finally took the leap into the amazing world of the 501st, built my own Armour and recently created a Bith (Cantina Band) Costume.
Nothing beats Trooping with these amazing guys and girls and I’m proud to be a member of this ORG family. The joy that our character costumes bring to the faces of everyone we meet, is hands down the fuel the keeps me doing this more and more. In between this and working my job as a Project Manager, I also help organize a local football (soccer) supporters group and dabble as a Paranormal Investigator for a local team here in Vancouver.
My goal in this role is to help increase our presence as a charity fundraising partner, to promote these events so more people can be aware of what fun can be had in the name of fundraising. To educate people in the goals and history of the 501st and represent the garrison the best way possible by Trooping often and bringing the fantasy world of Star Wars into the lives of the people who love it.
Name: Brett Cullen
TK ID: TI-47470
Member since: 2013
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: 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: Jay Bianco
TK ID: BH-8957
Member since: 2010
Fan since: 1977….I was 3 and my parents took me. Long story….
I’m originally from New York. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Staten Island. I moved out here for my wife and kids in 2006. I absolutely LOVE it, even if there is quite a bit of a culture shock now and again! 🙂
I graduated High School in 1992….and after joining the 501st in 2010, I also decided to go back to school to pursue a career in Filmmaking. I’m also University certificated in web design, I’ve ran and coded private and large public websites since 1996, I ran the two largest Official Community Fansites for World of WarCraft and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. I’ve made a few films, one of them being a documentary about how the 501st has impacted my life and my family’s life. I hope to get the chance to go to Vancouver Film School at some point, but until then I’m just going to keep making whatever films I can!
My reasons and goals for joining and being here is to give people the magic that is missing. That escape. That moment, be they children or adult, that they can go back to those innocent days, seeing, talking to, taking pictures with the characters we ALL love. I consider it a privilege and my HONOUR to Troop with the people I troop with, to BE these characters I get to be, from every walk, to every hospital to every LucasFilm-Requested Event, I get to gear up with my friends in the best gear possible and make some lives a little bit happier, even for a moment.
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!
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!