New Brunswick lightsaber group looks to expand 'the force'
Brad Doucette developed an after-school program to help kids who feel like geeks to stand proud
Brad Doucette regularly takes Star Wars fandom to the next level.
Every week, he gathers with a group of lightsaber enthusiasts, both young and old, to practice an intergalactic array of Jedi moves.
Doucette started East Coast Sabers five years ago in Fredericton, inspired by years of watching the Star Wars films.
He wants any child who feels like they're a geek to stand proud.
"That may have been a derogatory term many years ago, but we are all proud to be geeks," said Doucette.
Thomas Whittaker, 16, has been a member since the group formed.
"I feel more confident just walking around. It affects my everyday life," Whittaker said.
"I love that you feel the power as if you're the chosen one. Anakin Skywalker, or Luke Skywalker or Leia. You just feel the power and the force," Ramey said.
Doucette hopes the popularity of the new Star Wars film will keep people interested in the group, as he continues to introduce more kids to the ways of the Jedi.