Name: Steve Lewis
TK ID: TI-7615
Member since: 2012
Fan since: I’ve always wanted my very own Stormtrooper costume. Why I’m a Tie Fighter Pilot now, instead of a Stormtrooper? Well, that’s a story for another time.
The main reason I’m a part of the 501st, apart from providing an excuse to dress up as a plastic-spaceman, is all of the charity work the Legion is involved with. Seeing kids’ faces, both young and old, light up when we walk in a room, and knowing that our presence is actually making a difference in people’s lives is a great feeling…even if it is a bit nerdy!
I currently live in Victoria where I work at the Royal BC Museum as an exhibition designer. It’s a pretty cool gig, I don’t know too many other jobs where I could handle a 16th century Katana sword, have access to a room full of dead-things-in-jars, or ride a Wooly Mammoth…okay, maybe not the last bit, apparently that’s “highly frowned upon”.
It’s been great to watch the Outer Rim grow from a squad to full garrison status these past few years. I’m looking forward to the continued growth of the garrison as we move forward, especially here on the island!
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.
Captain of the Guard
Name: Doug Morison
TK ID: TK-42500
Member Since: August 2015
Fan Since: As long as I can remember. My earliest memories of Star Wars are from Empire Strikes Back at the drive in theatre outside of Calgary. The AT-ATs lumbering across Hoth towards the shield generator have stuck ever since. I can remember as a child when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would answer a Stormtrooper!
When I am not a Stormtrooper, I am a firefighter here in the lower mainland. My background is military. I was in the Air Cadets from 12 to 19 then moved on to the Army Reserve. I am married and have two boys, a Tusken raider and a Jawa!
At the time of writing this I am working on a Kylo Ren, Snowtrooper and Zam Wessell for my wife. I am awed by the fact that a movie could bring together people from so many different walks of life.
I hope I can do the Legion, Garrison and all you members proud in this position.
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: 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: 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: Aaron Lutsch
TK ID: BH-32794
Member since: 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: 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: Andy Everson
TK ID: TK-42124
Member since: 2013
Fan since: My older brothers came back from the theatre and rambled on about some princess and a bad guy in black as they jumped on the couches pretending to swing across an imaginary chasm. Sensing their enthusiasm, I just had to see the movie! I did…and I was hooked. I collected all the toys and it consumed every second of my play time. While my interest reached its peak around the release of ESB, it has always been there…lurking…waiting to be revived.
It occurred to me in later years that my friend and I always used to pretend to be Han and Luke dressed in stormtrooper gear. That itch to dress up in white armour had always been there. Every few years I would look into getting myself a kit: as a student, I couldn’t afford it; as a new parent, I couldn’t justify it. I’ve finally reached the point in my life where I could afford it and could justify it—to myself at least. I found the 501st and realized that there are a lot of others with like stories and a similar unifying passion. Proudly, I can say that self-same passion is being passed on to my son and my little brother, who are both in the Galactic Academy and troop with us regularly.
I’ve been spreading the word about the 501st to my friends and family. I hope that in my role as Garrison Public Relation Officer, I am able share some of that same enthusiasm with potential recruits and grizzled veterans, alike.
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: 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: Ray Gagnon
TK ID: ID-10501
Member since: 2012
Fan since: ….it first hit the local Odeon Theater in ’77. Back in the day, folks usually applauded after a good film. This one left ’em standing……night after night. I had always been a fan of all things science and “spacy” but this film blew my young mind to pieces.
I originally wanted to put together a Tie Pilot kit for myself and through my research, I stumbled across the 501st. I had no idea that such a club even existed and learning that they were an organization engaged in charitable causes, as well, made it that much better. I am a big supporter and participant in volunteering and therefore it seemed to me to be a perfect fit.
I’ve always believed that if you want to meet really interesting, caring, and downright cool people, just volunteer in your community. The 501st in general, and our Garrison in particular is a great example of this. I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful group of sincere, generous, accepting and fun folks and take great pleasure in trooping with all I’ve been fortunate enough to meet.
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: 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!