Still flying after all these years!


Map of booth location 2504.

Booth location 2504.

Join us from September 20-22nd at Edmonton Expo for a  weekend of fandom and fun. You can find us at booth #2504, across from the food court and not too far away from the ticketing hall and panel rooms.  Hop inside the doors and look to your right. You should be able to see Serenity once you walk through the doors..

You bring your wallets and we’ll bring a gorgeous Lego Serenity designed and built by Don Verrier, a new game to play, and lots of shiny goodies to spend your credits on.

As in previous years, we’ll accept payment in cashy monies, credit and debit and all proceeds from funds raised at the booth this year will be donated to Edmonton’s Youth Empowerment and Support Services ( and the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre (e4c Alberta).

Lego Serenity. Designed and built by Don Verrier

Lego Serenity. Designed and built by Don Verrier. Serenity has been signed by Nathan Fillion and Mark Sheppard. Once she has collected a few more cast signatures, we’ll auction her off for charity.

Calgary Expo – Results

After months of planning and organizing, we loaded two vehicles with stock and shelving and headed off to Calgary on April 25th. Many long hours and forgotten meals later we’re happy to announce we had a wonderful convention.

When we say we’re a charity booth at a convention, and that all profits from our booth go to our chosen charities, we really mean it. Much of our stock is provided on consignment from other Browncoat groups and craftspeople (they rock!). Our hats are knit by volunteers. Our booth is manned by volunteers who pay their own gas, hotel, and food bills while at the convention. The booth fees and banner costs are covered by our amazing sponsors (Christie Communications, CHAS, Jay C Noden Professional Corp, & Happy Harbor Comics). We do use some of the funds raised to pay for autographs for items used in our charity auctions throughout the year.  Once we pay our outstanding stock bills, the remainder is provided to our charity partners.

This year the Alberta Browncoats Society raised $3167 for charity at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (CCEE). The funds will be distributed to our charity partners as follows:

We could not have stocked our booth without the help and support of the following organizations:

A little convention history…
We’ve been hosting a charity booth at the Calgary Expo since 2011. In our first year, our society’s Chair and a Director decided to try manning a charity convention booth as a “proof of concept”. They personally paid for all stock and fees associated with the convention. Our stock was so tiny that we shared a single booth with two amazing Alberta based small businesses: Geek Badge and Dragon Chow Dice Bags. All three of us crammed ourselves into a 10×10 booth, placed our tables in a U shape and hoped for the best. At the end of the convention, we’d raised $1000 for charity and believed the convention to be a success. The funds raised at the convention were added to the Can’t Stop The Serenity (CSTS) event charity totals for 2011.

We weren’t the geniuses you see before you back then, so we didn’t think of doing important things like saving some funds to reimburse the stock costs or booth fees to our members!

In spring of 2012, we shared a bigger booth space with Geek Badge and Dragon Chow at CCEE. Thanks to a few amazing Browncoat groups (see list above), we arranged for some stock to sell at the booth on consignment. Our knitting team had grown and we managed to bring 200 hats with us. Of course those hats sold out quickly! We’d learned our lesson from 2011 and paid our 2013 booth fees before making our charitable donation. After we paid for our stock, we rolled the profits into our 2012 CSTS event donation.

In fall of 2012, the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo (ECEE) launched. We quickly arranged for a booth and stock and threw ourselves into manning a booth in our hometown. We’ve learned a lot about manning a convention booth along the way and one of the most important things is that you need to be able to pay for your booth (in subsequent years), stock, and still have a great donation at the end of the convention. We also realized that we need to separate our convention based charity donations from our CSTS event.  The CSTS event needs to stand on it’s own two feet – even if that means that the annual donation from the event is smaller than in previous years. Otherwise, we can’t afford to continue running our charity booths at conventions. At the end of our first Edmonton Expo, we’d raised $500 for YESS.

And the rest, as they say, is history…


March Fundraiser – Kids Need to Read

In March, we made a $255.46 donation to Kids Need to Read in honour of Nathan Fillion’s birthday. Funds were raised through a penny drive, bottle drive, and selling Jayne Hats prior to our Hero of Canton flash mob. An extra pat on the back goes out to the Semper family, who raised $175 of the total donation this month; must have had bags of pennies hiding in closets!

And now, without further ado, the flash mob video!

CSTS 2012 Results

The invoices are in. Cheques are being cut. PayPal has electronically sent monies from one end of the earth to another.

Total Raised: $5635*


This year we saw a 17% increase in attendance and our send a YESS client to the movies sponsorship program was a smashing success.

Most impressive? Over the past three years the Alberta Browncoats Society has donated $18,412 CAD to our partner charities. We may be small but we are very, very mighty!

Thank you so much to our 2012 Sponsors:

Special thanks to Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, James Hance, Joel Watson, James Marsters, Jason Palmer, Adam Levermore and Erin Gray for making our auction extra special this year.

Photos of the 2012 event are online as are photos of some of the items we auctioned off for charity.

To our auction donors, volunteers, knitters, and all attendees; we could not have done it with out you.

And finally, thank you Alberta Browncoats for being a part of this shiny event. We are looking forward to CSTS 2013.

* all funds are listed in Canadian dollars