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Welcome to the official page for Democrats living in Canada!

Volunteer: We need chapter leaders and local committees! Our chapters in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Niagara Region, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Atlantic Region are waiting for YOU! Volunteers are planning fun and informative events where they live. They are helping voters to register, phoning voters, and helping bring together some of the one million Americans in Canada!
For more information, contact chair@democratsabroad.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 416-916-2022

 

 

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    Statements of Candidates for the Democrats Abroad Canada Board | 2017-2019

    STATEMENTS OF CANDIDATES FOR THE DEMOCRATS ABROAD CANADA BOARD | 2017-2019

    The Elections of new officers for the Democrats Abroad Canada Board of Directors will take place at the  Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Please click here for details on DA Canada AGM - New Dates.

    Please click on the officer positions of the DACA Board to be elected for a two-year term to find candidates' statements: Country Committee Chair, Executive Vice-Chair, two (2) Vice-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, IT Manager, Counsel, and three (3) Members-at-Large.

    The electronic ballots will be emailed to members on March 17, 2017.  Submit your completed ballot by 11:59PM EDT April 1, 2017. *Asterisks indicate officers who are incumbent and are eligible to run again.

    Candidates for Country Committee Chair

    David MIVASAIR

    I aim for us to transform Democrats Abroad into a progressive organization that actively reaches out to U.S. citizens of all ages and backgrounds to mobilize effective, sustained political engagement during the next two years and beyond.

    As a 65-year-old progressive activist, I have served in leadership with social- and political-change organizations for nearly fifty years in the U.S. and abroad.  For more than four decades, my career in non-profit and public service organizations, both governmental and private, has enabled me to develop insight and skills relevant to Democrats Abroad Canada at this critical time.  I was the executive director of the Washington Peace Center (DC) for four years, working with a volunteer board to accomplish strategic planning, effective programming, legislative objectives and ambitious fundraising goals.  I recently retired as the spiritual leader of religious congregations where I engaged, motivated and mobilized people from a wide variety of backgrounds to cooperatively fulfill shared values.  As a published journalist and frequent public speaker, I have highly developed communications skills both in writing and orally.  I am an early adopter of social media and adept at messaging wide audiences.

    With Democrats Abroad specifically, I have a long history of active leadership.  In 1980, I was an organizer in the Japan chapter and was elected as an alternate Ted Kennedy delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  In 2008, when the Obama campaign began, I organized voter registration in Vancouver that added approximately 300 previously disengaged US citizens to voter rolls in their own states.  In 2015, as an early and active supporter of the Bernie Sanders campaign, I was invited onto the Vancouver chapter executive committee and initiated a successful campaign to register and mobilize several hundred voters.  Internationally, I am in frequent contact with members of the worldwide Dems Abroad leadership and have clarity about how Dems Abroad can contribute in the coming two years to revitalizing the Democratic Party.

    I have lived in Vancouver, BC, since 1995 and vote in Pennsylvania.  I am not the incumbent.

    As Chair, I will lead an active board to make Dems Abroad more open and participatory on both the country and international level.  We Americans living abroad have a unique opportunity to influence the Democratic Party to bring about meaningful, progressive changes that are needed at this time.

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    Steve NARDI

    Why I'm running

    Following intense battles in the primary, bruises remain which need to be addressed for Democrats to become a cohesive effective opposition and a party united with the will of the people. Folks are energized to participate unlike any time in recent memory; over the next 2 years we must listen and harness the emotion within each of us collectively to push for the changes needed within DPCA & the DNC.

    DA delivers - Rep Maloney(NY 12), Sen Franken(MN), Gov Cooper(NC) and Sen Hassan(NH) were close wins where the margin of victory was delivered by DA votes. Serving as a stronger resource of information for Democrats living in Canada, on laws related to tax filing, FATCA, FBAR, etc., we can motivate the hundreds of thousands of Americans residing here to become engaged.

    Who I am

    I've lived in Canada for 23 yrs residing in Mississauga, ON with my husband Kevin of 12 yrs, voting from MI. After years of working with and for DACA I'm proud to say I've maintained my lifelong practical commitment to the Democratic Party. I've enjoyed a successful career in the tech industry and am rewarded by 'paying it forward' as a board volunteer for a not-for-profit and my DACA involvement.

    What I can contribute

    • 4yrs of roll-up-the-sleeve activity at the national, international and local level - DPCA Voting Rep for past 2 yrs
    • Delivered webinar series addressing IRS tax filing requirements and cross-border estate planning for DACA members
    • Lead Toronto in developing greater community outreach
    • Speaking with DACA members I understand how many feel disconnected from what's happening "back home" and have a plan to engage them to vote
    • In my tech executive positions I've led with a cooperative business model, successfully utilizing my skills managing disparate personalities with competing interests across Canada & the US, to become a cohesive team delivering results
    • Extensive experience in multiple board roles in not-for-profit sector; currently board chair for a hospice serving Toronto

    We must take steps to create a sense of community throughout DACA, deliver results in 2018 and lay the foundation for 2020. From my experiences with the not-for-profit and corporate sector I believe I would be best suited to coalesce people to prepare DACA for the challenges ahead while increasing the value to our members.

    I thank you for your consideration and would be humbled by your support.

    Follow me: www.facebook.com/dems4nardi Twitter: @dems4nardi

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    Candidates for Executive Vice-Chair

    Heidi BURCH

    Dear DA Canada Members,

    I am running for the position of Executive Vice-chair.  I have been active in DA Canada since 2012 and currently I am serving as Vice-chair of DA Canada (1 of 2) and the Director of Volunteers as well as a Member-at-Large for the DA Victoria (BC) Chapter.  In 2016, I was co-Chair of the DA International Get Out The Vote Campaign and I will continue to work on the International GOTV campaign for the 2017 Elections.

    As a life-long fervent Democrat, I've focused my work with DA to Get Out The Vote! To that end, I have: 

    1.  Recruited and directed volunteer efforts for over 200 phonebanking volunteers across Canada for phonebanking campaigns in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

    2.  Worked with other DA Canada volunteers to implement Canada-wide calling of swing state voters.  Our first campaign in 2012 reached over 2,000 voters. Successful phonebanking campaigns followed for US Senate races in 2013 and 2014. 

    3.  Helped implement and introduce the new CallHub phonebanking campaign tool, whereby over 150 DA Canada volunteers contacted 10,000 swing state voters across Canada, an 800% increase in calls over 2012.  The GOTV 2016 national campaign showed a 300% increase over the 2012 campaign with 20,000 Canadian members using votefromabroad.org to register and request an absentee ballot

    4.  Worked closely with DA volunteers in Central and South America to implement phonebanking campaigns in their countries for the 2016 Election.  This was part of the DA International GOTV world-wide phonebanking effort that resulted in over 120,000 contacts to US voters living abroad.

    5.  Provided direct support to US voters in Canada and around the world who were experiencing problems with registering to vote or receiving their ballots.

    On the Chapter level, I've been involved in all aspects of running the DA Victoria Chapter, including organizing local Tax/FBAR/FATCA Seminars, the Super Saturday GOTV campaigns, Debate Watching Parties, Election Night Celebrations and an Inauguration Breakfast Event.

    I've been keenly interested in politics - and a Democratic supporter - since my childhood in Washington DC.  I lived in California for 20 years, where I practiced law  before moving to Victoria BC 14 years ago and becoming a dual US/Canadian citizen.  I've been privileged to work with DA to help other US citizens living abroad exercise their right to vote.

    Thank you, Heidi Burch

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    Maureen HARWOOD

    My Fellow Democrats,

     I am standing for Executive Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada. I have actively served the Party for nine years, both locally and internationally. I am a founding member of the Vancouver Board, and served as Chair for five years, covering two national election cycles. The Vancouver chapter is currently larger than most DA country committees. Internationally, I served four years on the FATCA Task Force, and submitted DPCA Resolutions that established new task forces for both Residence-Based Taxation and The Commission on Overseas Americans (which I chair). DPCA (International) has used my Position papers as a basis for Congressional petitions, bringing attention to the unique issues we face as Americans living overseas, such as double taxation.  We are effectively a Constituency of 8.7 million, which cause I am deeply committed to serving.

    Since the November election, our focus and priorities have shifted profoundly. Democrats Abroad has a clear and crucial role to play in the Resistance against right-wing extremism and authoritarian despotism. As the world's largest organization of overseas Americans, DA is positioned to bring in the votes that will turn the tide in 2018 and 2020. To do this, we must exponentially expand our database by reaching out to all Americans in Canada. It is that simple - and it will take much collective hard work. To accomplish this goal, I envision a five-pillar team effort to:

    • Make effective use of data mining and social/traditional media outreach strategies;
    • Provide important opportunities for activist engagement;
    • Establish a student board to liaise with campuses nation-wide;
    • Maintain our growing database with sound Information Management expertise;
    • Develop expert fundraising strategies to support these efforts.

    This is an ambitious, long-term undertaking which will depend on many people with strong dedication and a variety of expertise stepping forward. The Democratic Party must now be united behind a common goal.  Clearly the collective will to act decisively is evident. I receive daily emails from Americans wanting to stand in solidarity with Democrats Abroad as we take back our country. We can do this.  As President Obama has said: THE TIME IS NOW.  

    I look forward to working with you all.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Maureen Harwood - Vancouver, BC (Chicago voter)
    https://www.facebook.com/Maureen-Harwood-DA-Canada-2017-19-480238405699092/

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    Candidates for Vice-Chair

    Gena BRUMITT

    I'm honored to be nominated for Vice Chair (not incumbent). I'm originally from Olney, MD. My voting district is Great Falls, VA (Fairfax County). A permanent resident, I married a Canadian and immigrated to Canada in 1991. My 22-y.o., dual-citizen daughter has voted in TWO Presidential elections/Democratic Primaries.

    I live in London, Ontario, and have been DACA London & Area Chapter Chair for 10 years. My former Co-Chair, Ed Goehring, has given a statement of support that you can read on my Candidacy BIO, link below!

    I'm self-employed (Brumitt Management & PR Group), and I primarily manage leased federal and provincial office buildings: OPP detachments, courthouses, jails, psychiatric hospitals, and ministry offices.

    A former freelance writer/editor, I've written press releases/done media outreach, substantially increasing London chapter numbers and promoting DACA in Windsor. I've hosted successful Primary voting centers/debate-watch events since 2007, and help Democrats VOTE.
    http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/05/04/19718131.html

    I engage with every American I meet, especially millennials, and Canadians who may know Americans, to maximize VOTING. ALL citizens should be involved in these vital decisions. As a Canadian resident, I'm an active community leader.

    A public speaker, I am a Founding Member/Past VP of international non-profit DEBRA International. In 2005-2006, I led an email/letter/phone lobbying campaign to pass legislation (SRES180/HRES335) in the US. I've met Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill, and spoken before Congress.

    I participated in the Women's March on Washington, and the Day of Action & Solidarity in Toronto. http://www.thelondoner.ca/2017/01/23/london-woman-joins-womens-march-in-washington

    Democrats Abroad is a VERY high priority for me. Today, I am more deeply concerned for America than ever. I am actively engaged in work to create a better world for Americans and Canadians. My experiences and skills, and my commitment, are what makes me a great candidate!

    DA and DNC are at a critical juncture. We must be a unifying, intersectional leader to transform America into a country where human rights are THE highest priority.

    Please visit my Candidacy BIO link for more information about me, and why I'm running for DACA EVC or VC in 2017!  Thank you so much for your vote!

    Candidacy BIO:
    https://www.facebook.com/GenaforDACA/
    Twitter: @genabrumitt

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    Bodil GEYER

    I am thrilled to submit my nomination for Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada (DACA). I affirm I have the unique combination of business and non-profit leadership expertise, as well as community and political volunteer qualifications, to succeed in this dynamic role. I have a lifelong commitment to progressive values and have been politically active since youth. In 2016, as Acting Events Manager for the large and diverse DA Vancouver chapter, I led the organization of many successful events including voter registration, membership drives and debate and election-watch evenings—the latter breaking all prior attendance records with a turnout of 1,600+ people and full press and TV coverage.  I then went on to organize the Women’s March in Vancouver garnering nearly 20,000 participants. Today, I am one of five women serving on the National Board for future Women’s Marches and will be coordinating with DA to engage members nationwide for the April Scientists’ March and other events.

    As validation of my leadership capabilities, professionally, I am the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Swim Recruiting, a highly profitable firm that has grown to employ 25 full-time staff since 2007. In addition, during my tenure as Chair of ACSESS, The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services from 2011 to 2013, I received a Special Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.

    In my personal life, I am a second-generation American raised in Canada. I am a mother to an 11-year old daughter and a wife to a supportive husband, a writer who lives with Muscular Dystrophy. My extended family is divided between Vancouver and Toronto and I have strong connections with both DA chapters.

    My vision for progressive, unifying and collaborative leadership: I truly believe we have a significant opportunity to increase membership and voter registration and positively affect the outcome of U.S. elections. As my contribution to the DACA outreach strategy, I envision energizing a Student Board and expanding social and mainstream media coverage, similar to my DAV election work. I would also conduct membership demographic analytics and draw from this data to target our GOTV voter registration and phone-banking campaigns—all in an effort to reach more voters and help the Democratic Party win in key battleground areas in 2018.

    In summary, I look forward to serving the National Board and hope you will favor me with your support.

    Voting district is San Diego
    Born in Sweden

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    Duncan MARTIN

    I am running for Vice Chair and DPCA voting representative of Democrats Abroad Canada (non-incumbent).  As a lifelong Democratic voter and activist in Vermont, where I vote, and now in Vancouver, I see the party at a crossroads, and I believe that the best way forward will be one in which the party embraces inclusiveness in its platform and policies.

    2016 was a loud wake-up call that stressed the need to ensure that the Democratic Party - the party of workers' rights, public health, civil rights, women's rights, public works, and environmental protection - continue to be governed by those values as new voters come of age and develop their own fresh impressions of the political parties on their ballot.

    Canada's ties to the US are many, with students, business owners, expats, war resistors, and many others with a stake in the outcomes of US elections. It should be the role of DACA to engage these voters, not only in election years, but regularly, as we push bask against the ruthless corporate takeover and/or gutting of our institutions that has been going on for decades, and has now entered an even more frightening chapter.

    In 2008, I was a canvass organizer and volunteer coordinator in NH and CO with Work For Progress, a group of non-profits working to elect strong progressive (all Democratic) candidates in swing states. Since 2014, with the Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op, I promote and coordinate the installation of renewable energy systems from Vancouver to Nunavut. I own a small business in the local food sector, and have facilitated workshops ranging from regional water access and planning to small scale agriculture in urban areas. 

    With Democrats Abroad Canada, I aim to work for greater voter engagement throughout my term. In the last election, a common grievance on both sides was that ordinary citizens did not feel heard. A Democratic Party that stands up for its core values will be able to counter the current President's agenda.  It is critical that we offer up a party and platform not only worthy of votes, but one that elicits a groundswell of volunteers come 2018 and 2020. I would be honoured to bring my passion to Democrats Abroad and ask for your vote in the DACA election. Find me at  www.facebook.com/DuncanMartinForDACA

    Thank you,
    Duncan Martin

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    Christine ODUNLAMI

    I was born in Hyattsville, Maryland and began my tenure with the Democratic Party as soon as I came of age, casting my first official vote in the 2012 Presidential Election series. I am a registered voter of Prince George's County and regularly take part in gubernatorial voting cycles.

    Since 2007 I have resided in the Greater Toronto Area. I hold a BA in English literature and Anthropology from the University of Toronto and currently study Human Resources Management at Seneca College(Newnham). I have experience working on pro-bono projects with labour unions, higher education committees and leadership panels.

    My earliest contributions to the Democratic party involved phone banking and canvassing for former President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.  More recently, I volunteered for Bernie Sanders' campaign, contributing to social media moderation, forum chats and Millennial outreach efforts.   Bernie's bold progressive agenda continues to resonate with millions of American citizens, both in the continental U.S. and abroad. It is this very agenda of true and unapologetic progressivism that has inspired an upsurge in political awareness, particularly for youth and minorities.

    Outside of politics, I bring to the DAC leadership experience and a growing, grassroots Millennial perspective. I am an acting researcher with the HRPA on a project to ascertain ways that "Big Unions" (ex. AFL- CIO) can best cooperate and engage Gen Y workers to maintain the growth, needs and integrity of unionized labour in an ever-changing working economy.

    I currently do not occupy any positions as an incumbent.

    If you'd like to learn more about me and my musings, please check out my Twitter page @christineodun

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    Donal THOMS-CAPPELLO

    Fellow Democrats,

    My name is Donal. I am honored to be running for Vice Chair of the Board of Democrats Abroad Canada.  

    I was born and raised in New Jersey. I've lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and now here in Vancouver, as an actor. Currently I am earning my Masters in Writing at the University of British Columbia, where I teach as well.

    I am registered out of Los Angeles, where I was active for eight years in local non-profit and political causes. These include:

    -Serving as Corresponding Secretary for LA's East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
    -Field organizing for the LA Homeless Services Coalition
    -Tutoring for Senator Barbara Boxer's  Youth Policy Institute
    -Advocating for Los Angeles' non-profit small theaters.
    -Co-creating and managing a paid intern program with a local theater and an LA pilot public school.

    While serving the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, as part of EmpowerLA, a network of local boards serving under the City Council, I discovered that people on the ground level have more in common than current culture and media may want us to believe. The potential for mass conflict is a reality, but so is the potential for mass consensus.

    I learned there to work side-by-side with board members I did not politically align with in the slightest. I learned the value of listening, and how to build trust through the simple act of acknowledging another's voice. I also learned the art of compromise, as well as the value of knowing what you will not compromise. I witnessed the power of showing up and speaking out. While there, I was part of a mass resistance to a realty developer. We were a small community of people who had nothing in common, and we were able to set aside our differences to stave off private interests and keep our neighborhood together.

    It is clear at this time our party must keep true to that spirit. We are divided when corporate interests and the 1% need division to continue seizing the mechanisms of representational government. To counter this, in the position of Vice Chair, I will reach out to and organize all Americans abroad here. It will take expanding our tent, and actively engaging members to craft a unified message, and effort, to strengthen Democratic ideals. Now more than ever, we need this. We have no more time to lose.

    Thank you for reading and for your consideration. I look forward to telling you more here: www.facebook.com/DonalTCDACA/

    Donal Thoms-Cappello

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    Ed UNGAR

    I wish to be considered for the position of Vice-Chair. It is important that at least one national officer bring institutional memory to the virtual table. My experience goes back to 1972 when I proudly helped McGovern take Massachusetts, D.C and Ottawa. I’ve been privileged to be there as DA Canada has expended from one living room to the cross Canada country committee it is today.

    One of my modest ongoing life goals to save the world. So how do you go about achieving that especially if you don’t cut a particularly striking figure in spandex. The answer - keep as many Republicans out of office as possible. To that end I‘ve developed a knack for addressing policy and strategy issues. For instance I authored a DA adopted resolution that would in part addresses the present U.S. government’s foreign accountants’ income and work enhancement program. It’s otherwise known as our income tax & financial holdings reporting obligations. The resolution-all Americans who obviously owe zero dollars in taxes kneed only file a one line tax return.

    With Adrienne Jones I helped launch first get out the vote DA phone bank in the world. This past election at I suggested we phone bank the phone bankers to maximize our GOTV participation. Also, I’m the guy who answers calls to our national phone number. Finally, as an officer I would like to set up media training for our likely spokesmen across the nation. I assist with such training professionally.

    These are particularly crucial times. We don’t have the luxury of wasting even one general election vote-either mid term or presidential. I have specific suggestions on how to prevent this and I can help as a vice chair. Thank you for your consideration.

    Ed Ungar

    Toronto
    Voting State Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County)
    2016 Philadelphia convention delegate (Bernie)

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    Candidates for Secretary

    Roseanna SHARPE

    The position of Recording Secretary for Democrats Abroad Canada, is a position which requires a nominee whom possesses: dedication, time and passion.
     
    I am a transplant currently residing in Vancouver, originally from Seattle, Washington. I am a University of Washington graduate, having attained graduated my Bachelors Degree in Sociology. My focus held and emphasis on social problems, social movements, gender inequality and feminist philosophy.
     
    Following graduation I worked tirelessly in assisting domestic violence victims in women shelters. I managed and coordinated support groups for youth from low-income families, providing emotional and practical support, conducted life skills classes, and provided resources, which supported the development of better life and social skills.
     
    I have over a decades worth of secretarial experience. I have worked as an administrative assistant for global scale companies assisting in all realms of management and secretarial duties. I have also served as an assistant to a non-profit board of directors. I feel that my scale of experiences have prepared me for any and all duties pertaining to this position.
     
    While my political involvement has been limited time spent at the polls, my passion for politics has no been absent. Our current election and need for a stronger political movement within our party is the driving force behind my desire to pursue this position. I consider myself progressive liberal and a believer in our parties' ability to strive towards change and to resist when necessary. Issues that I believe in: wealth inequality among women, environmental policy, tax reforms and transparency among our political representatives as well as candidates.  Although I don't have extensive experience in the political arena, I believe just as importantly I have passion, commitment and a willingness to learn. I would be an asset to this board because I possess the qualities of a team player, ability to work with diverse backgrounds, and an open mind. I know my intentions and loyalties will be unparalleled.

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    Victoria RAMOS*

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    Candidates for Treasurer

    Richard HAVLAK

    I'm a 10 year resident of Vancouver, BC, where I live with my wife and run a small business. Several times a year I visit my native Olympia, WA, where I am registered to vote.

    I have supported Democratic candidates since before I had the right to vote, and for the last three election cycles have participated in the Democratic primary as well, favoring progressive candidates. My support has included phone banking, door to door engagement, and more. In 2012 I appeared in a Vancouver paper as the Obama supporter with all the American flags. While these are troubling times for our country, I remain proud of my identity as an American and hope to positively impact the trajectory of our country despite continuing to live abroad.

    My business background will allow me to make great contributions to the DAV chapter. I wear many hats and am used to getting things done. My company has put on hundreds of workshops and other community-building events, and I have a strong IT and communications background which I would use in support of other DAC programs.

    I bring considerable board experience including formal training in board governance. I am entering my fourth year on the Board of Directors of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (annual budget just under $1M), and my second term as the Vice-Chair of the Board.

    My focus if elected treasurer would be to manage our financials in a manner supportive of ongoing member engagement between election cycles. Democrats are not just the party out of power; we're the opposition, and we must step up to hold Congress and the White House in check.

    I believe I can be useful and so I ask you for the opportunity to serve.

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    Lissette WRIGHT*

    I'm a New Yorker living in ON, Canada. I'm a bilingual (English/Spanish) accounting & finance professional with an understanding of cross-cultural & international communication. Upon relocating to ON in 2012, I've been working as Treasurer/Bookkeeper for Digital Halide Inc., an IT professional services & digital photography company. Previously, I worked for over a decade at International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR in New York City. I began my accounting & finance career at IPPF/WHR as fund coordinator for the Endowment Fund for Sustainability, later promoted to grants officer in Programs, and then became manager of budgeting & grants management in Finance.

    In 2016, I was appointed Treasurer by the Democrats Abroad Canada (DAC) Board. Later, I was appointed Vice-Chair of the DAC Chapter-National Capital Region (NCR). Over and above my treasury duties, I've been an active Board member seating in the Fundraising Committee, chairing the Membership Verification Committee and serving as one of the organizers of the DAC Ontario Delegation of the Women's March on Washington in Jan 2017. Post-March earned media: www.citynews.ca/video/2017/01/22/video-canadian-demonstrators-from-womens-march-on-washington-return/  

    At the chapter level, I helped organize the DAC Delegation to welcome President Barack Obama on his last official visit to Ottawa. I coordinated the DAC Toronto & NCR Chapters' effort to honour & remember #OrlandoPulse at #OttawaCapitalPride, organized GOTV, debates & election night events, and also phone-banked. At the DA Global Convention, I voted for the DA Americas Sanders Delegate. Currently, I've enlisted in the DA's Civic Action & Rapid Response Team in charge of DA action on political issues of the day at a global level.

    I'm a strong believer in HumanRights & AffordableHousing to end the cycle of poverty for low-income working families. Since 2012 I've served as Family Partner & Treasurer on the Steering Committee of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter in Carleton Place, ON, am dedicated to community engagement, and helping families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

    Before becoming an active member of DA Canada, I volunteered for Organizing for Action-Obama-Biden 2012, and for the Presidential Inaugural Committee | Second Inauguration of President Obama & Vice-President Biden.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve & take civic action together!
    www.cp24.com/video?clipId=1040509
    @WrightLissette

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    Candidates for Membership Secretary

    Rebecca BURNS

    I currently reside in New Westminster, BC, but am from Charlotte, NC and am an active voter there. My involvement in politics began in 2006 when a Democratic candidate ran against the long-standing Republican representative in NC's 9th congressional district. Though we lost, this grassroots campaign inspired me to participate more fully in the democratic process, and in 2008 I volunteered in Barack Obama's Charlotte campaign office, registering hundreds of voters and helping to turn the state "blue" for the first time since 1976. After moving to Canada in 2013 I felt disconnected from political happenings at home, but became inspired by Bernie Sanders' progressive agenda in 2016, and volunteered for his campaign alongside other Americans living in BC. It was through this work that I first became aware of Democrats Abroad.

    I believe that the Democratic Party is at a critical juncture and must pursue a progressive platform to address the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change, social justice and equity, access to healthcare, public education, and sustaining jobs. As a party we need to reach out across the US, particularly to rural communities and those hardest hit by neoliberal policies, to build understanding. In 2016 we saw a surge in young adults' participation in the political process and the Democratic Party must capitalize on that enthusiasm to do this work. As one of those young adults, I look forward to joining the DACA board to engage Americans living in Canada in DA, and increase voter participation in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

    My professional background is in environmental science, where I worked on ecosystem restoration programs across the US. Upon moving to Canada I decided to pursue a new career path and am in my last term of nursing school at UBC. My environmental career allowed me to develop strong organizational and documentation skills, along with data entry and management experience, which I will bring into the role of Membership Secretary. Now as an aspiring nurse I fully appreciate the importance of data confidentiality, and will use best practices to maintain the safety of DA members' information. Through these two career paths I also bring knowledge and passion to two key areas of the Democratic Party platform: environmental protection and equitable access to healthcare.

    To learn more about me, see my Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.burns.5264

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    Candidates for IT Manager

    Krystal THOMSON

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    Candidates for Counsel

    Danielle STAMPLEY

    I'd like to serve as Counsel on the DA Canada Board because I believe I can help our chapter play an important part in focusing the Party on economic equality, social progress, and civic engagement.

    I am a lawyer at Kastner Law in Toronto, ON. I primarily act for employees and unions in civil and human rights litigation. My focus is seeking justice in one of the most fundamental aspects of my clients' lives-their work. More often than not, my clients are at a disadvantage, both in terms of bargaining power and information, when it comes to advocating for their interests in the workplace. Leveling the playing field is very important to me as a lawyer and a citizen.

    I attended law school at American University. After graduating I served as a law clerk to Judge Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals, assisting her in her work on that state's highest court.

    After my clerkship, I joined a firm in New York, NY as a litigation associate. In that role I advised banks and corporations in a variety of matters. In 2012, I joined a plaintiff-side firm in NY, representing pension funds and unions in securities fraud class actions.

    Working in so many contexts has taught me hard work, organization, and, above all, persistence. These are the experiences and skills I would like to contribute to the DA Canada.

    My political involvement started at a young age. As a child, I helped my mom with her local school board campaigns, and I was involved in student government at many levels. Most recently, I volunteered for the Hillary campaign, going door to door to get out the vote in Milwaukee, and answering phone calls with a team of lawyers on election day. Voter ID laws and protecting everyone's right to vote are of particular concern to me, and we have to engage with our home state chapters on these issues.

    I am deeply concerned about the outcome of the last election. In Missouri (my home state), I have seen the political division in our country and the challenges so many Americans are desperate to overcome. As a lawyer, I am acutely aware of a growing threat to the rule of law and our Constitution, which we must resist. I believe rebuilding the Party's community connections is key to this effort.

    As Counsel, I would like to help DA Canada be part of the progressive force that has erupted in the U.S., and to help leverage our resources to rejuvenate the Party so we can not only resist, but also move forward--advancing social and economic justice for all.

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    Candidates for Members-at-Large

    Susan ALKSNIS

    With your vote, I will be a new addition to the DAC Board, and will work hard to bring DAC to a new level of activity leading into the 2018 midterm elections.   A DAC member since 2008, I have organized voter registration, debate watches, and media events for Oakville and Mississauga. Leading up to 2016, I was an early Bernie supporter and voted for Hillary in November.

    I believe in an economy that is fair to the middle and working class, protects the planet, and provides healthcare for everyone.   I also believe in funding progressive changes through bold tax reform so the wealthy pay their fair share.

    As a DAC Board member I would propose and support several high impact initiatives.  We must reach out to U.S. voters age 18-35, through social media and/or establishing university chapters. McGill alone has over 2,000 U.S. students. This will likely involve collaborating with other progressive groups both online and through events.

    I will encourage group canvassing trips to swing states where I have contacts. We can also explore how expat testimonials can support campaigns with our inspiring stories about living with universal healthcare, multiculturalism, lower college tuitions, reasonable policies for Bay Street, and less big money influence on politics. 

    For over 20 years, I have worked as a fundraiser, developing experience in communications, media relations, direct marketing, volunteer management, gift solicitation, strategic planning, organizational development, and events. I am comfortable on TV and radio.

    With training in diversity, inclusion, conflict resolution, management, anti-racism and anti-oppression, I was a strategist, spokesperson and canvasser in a highly contentious local community advocacy effort for an underserved and socio-economically diverse neighborhood.

    I vote in Connecticut, along with my young adult children.  A resident of Oakville, Ontario, I grew up in rural Massachusetts and have family with independent orchards.  We live simply and enjoy camping, visiting family, playing music, debating current issues, and attending protests.

    You can learn more and contact me at ska4dac.weebly.com

    I hope I can count on your vote, and I commit to work very hard to get out the vote from Canada.

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    Kyla BEHAR

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    Richard FEIDEN

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    Adele DOBKOWSKI

    I am seeking the position of Member-at-Large on the Democrats Abroad Canada Board of Directors.  Contributing my professional capabilities as a new member of the Board would be an honor and a way I could work towards a positive future for the Democratic Party.

    In many ways, I've lived the American dream. My family and I came to the US as refugees when I was four. Raised in that quintessential melting pot, New York City, I went on to Chicago for my undergraduate education.  With further post-graduate work, I've been able to build a strong professional career.  I moved to Canada as an adult, and became a citizen in 1999. Yet I still care deeply about America, and want the choices and opportunities I've had to be available to others. I currently live in Waterloo, Ontario and continue to vote in NYC.

    Our diverse world has always inspired me.  I returned last year from a second term of service with the Peace Corps.  It was a wonderful counterpoint to much earlier two year Peace Corps service as a teacher in the Philippines.  Then, at the start of my adult life, I was the one who learned the most, while my recent six-month assignment allowed me to share well-honed skills as an organizational consultant with Guyanese NGOs working to eradicate HIV/AIDS.  The opportunity to see how much others depend on the US was rich and rewarding. Our globe is more inextricably linked than ever before, and it is an illusion that we can retreat to an isolationist stance.

    My professional career has focused on the nonprofit sector, both as a senior executive and a management consultant.  Strategically focused, I am drawn to startup and change, and have built and renewed several organizations. Government relations, business planning and communications are some of the capabilities I bring to the table. I've regularly consulted on strategic planning and governance.

    My immigrant background, along with my education, work and volunteer experiences, have crystallized my desire to do more to ensure the freedoms that we in North America enjoy. Today's political landscape, where so much seems imperiled, adds a sense of urgency to this commitment.
    I feel very fortunate to be at a time in my life when I can reduce my consulting practice to increase my volunteer involvement in organizations where I can make a difference. I hope you will endorse my candidacy through your vote!

    To learn more about me, please visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/adele.dobkowski

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    Rose HAMILTON

    I  am a lifelong Democrat, campaigning at age 10 on John Kerry's first state campaign! I've helped GOTV in six countries & lobby for ex-pats.

    My background includes media relations and strategies; strategic planning & management; human rights paralegal and refugee rights; negotiating & conflict resolution; event planning & management.
    I've lived abroad since 1983 and still vote from MA. Living in Vancouver, BC since '09. I served on the DA Denmark (DADK) board through the amazing 2008 election cycle. 

    My experience from DADK includes:

    1. Organizing for First Global Primary polling station in Copenhagen.  This included managing coverage with major media outlets. 
    2. Delegate to the EMEA regional caucus in 2008, and represented Denmark at the International DA meeting in Istanbul in 2008.
    3. Organizing for the 2008 Election Night coverage at Politiken, the largest Danish newspaper.
    4. Organizing the 2009 Inaugural Party, also at Politiken.
    5. Voter registration drives, and general media relations.

    EX-PATS ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH: WE CHANGE ELECTION RESULTS.

    As a new DA Canada board member-at-large I will be devoted to raising the effective impact of ex-pat voters. No fancy website, so here's the drill:

    I call it "Think Local - Act Global!"

    1. Co-create a strategy and action plan for DA members, to give coordinated support to the persistence movement in the US. This would include strategies for including Republican representatives both as pressure targets and, where possible, strategic allies.
    2. Collaborate with other country chapters to improve & replicate such a strategy.
    3. Ensure that DA has a higher profile in the DNC and the various movements and organizations now in action. Many ex-pats still don't know about DA. We can change that.
    4. Develop training and networking along the "Indivisible" or other suitable model(s) to help ex-pats work effectively and partner with stateside initiators.  This includes being much more aware of - and responsive to - bills before the House, as well as state legislatures.
    5. Improve the DA outreach to members in regards to actions and initiatives - more pro-active.
    6. Ensure that state and federal voting laws do not present (increased) barriers to overseas and absentee voters.  This could become an issue very soon, as absentee voters tend to vote Democrat. 

    We can no longer take anything for granted. Let's get to work together. We have our democracy to save!

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    Allenna LEONARD*

    I am a Maryland voter and a constituent of Congressman Cummings. I live in Toronto, Ontario and am currently serving as a voting member of DA Canada.

    I have been active in Democrats Abroad Canada since we were burdened with the George W. Bush presidency as a Board member and treasurer during the first Obama election.  I was elected as Vice-Chair when Ken Sherman succeeded Adrienne Jones as Chair and succeeded him as Chair when he became International Chair. Since then I've served as Vice-Chair and as a voting member, traveling for DA International meetings in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  I am also currently a member of the Board of DA Toronto. 

    An important priority needs to be reaching out to Americans living here in Canada to let them know that they can still vote in federal and sometimes state elections and that the obligations they have to file tax returns come with the right to participate by voting and by making their views known to their representatives.

    Getting Democrats elected, answering questions and providing a sounding board for Americans living in Canada and educating our members of Congress about issues that have an impact on Americans living abroad are the primary areas where we need to work.  Seminars presented nationally on WebEx have been and should continue to be an information resource about taxes, citizenship questions and other areas which are of concern.  In addition, we need to strengthen chapters so that they can serve as local outreach, social connection and information for our members.

    We have in the past and can in the future make the difference in the election of Senators and members of Congress. 2018 will be an important election and a chance to mobilize voters to end the current majorities of the opposition party in our legislature.

    I welcome your support to serve as a Member-at-Large.

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    Colleen MCGOFF DEAN

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    Annie PARRY

    Now, more than ever, The security and democracy of our United States of America and the health of the planet are threatened by conservative self-interests, and I am committed to do more than write letters and participate in marches.

    Even before I took the oath of US citizenship in Dec. 2008, I was active in the Santa Barbara County local democratic and presidential campaigns. I married a US citizen almost 30 years ago  and  have lived over half of those years in the States - 3 plus years in Colorado and 12 plus years in California. Born and raised in Toronto, I know it is possible for a nation to be strong and free - where a market-oriented economy thrives BECAUSE of government regulation and a social safety net.
    I believe that Americans deserve the same sort of rights and privileges as exist in Canada i.e.
    a free and democratic society where marriage equality legislation, single payer health care and affordable higher education. As an active and vocal Democrat in California, I volunteered many hours towards President Obama's election wins and now, back in Toronto, I want to continue to contribute to the strength of the Democratic Party, the American people, and to policies that build a stronger and safer America.
    N.B. In addition to being an nurse with graduate degrees in the Humanities (MA PhD), I have training and experience in conflict resolution and Board Diversity.

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    Alexandra RAMBUSCH

    After attending the Women's March on Washington I remained in Virginia for several days visiting my cousin. We read the handbook developed by former progressive Congressional staffers, "Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda", and strategized about the specific next steps we could take now and through the mid-term elections to take back control of the Congress.  Shifting power in Congress will occur at the local advocacy level - nothing quite clarifies the mind of an elected official as the likelihood of not being elected/re-elected.

    I have put my name on the ballot for Member-at-Large because I want to bring ideas on how to participate meaningfully in local advocacy efforts from Canada to Democrats Abroad Canada. We are members of constituencies from all over the U.S. and can become part of meaningful and ongoing local advocacy efforts nationwide. By working with local groups we multiply the effect of our individual efforts, and enable them to best use their "on the ground" resources.

    Interested Democrats Abroad Canada members will become involved in a coordinated national effort. We will identify and connect with new and emerging state and county groups, and develop a menu of support that could be provided to them by members. The dialogue with these groups will elicit and refine the needs that could be met by their fellow citizens living abroad.   Interested members will be matched with groups from the constituencies they vote in, so they have a local connection with the group for whom they are providing support. 

    I bring to this organizing and advocacy effort experience dealing with complex projects for a wide range of constituencies in the US and Canada. I have participated in analyzing and implementing organizational change and have developed programs for training and professional development in businesses, academic settings and arts organizations. I have also produced and directed theatrical productions, and managed office renovations and multiple media services facilities.

    I vote in New York State, Ulster County's 19th Congressional district, and live in Toronto, Ontario.  I am a first time candidate for the Board.

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    Heather ROSS

    Like many of you, the U.S. election this fall left me frustrated, fearful, and with a deep desire to work toward protecting the legacy of President Obama. I envision a country that strives to have a more equal, more just society. The U.S. can be a world leader in promoting environmental policies that protect the planet and can establish sound foreign policy built around partnerships with democracies around the world. With these goals in mind, I volunteered to be the Chapter Chair for the Saskatchewan Democrats Abroad Canada and have been working hard to revitalize this passionate group of people. I have called my representatives to express my concern about a variety of issues, including some recent cabinet nominations. Locally, I have taken part in the Women's March and the vigil in solidarity with the Muslim community, both here in Saskatoon.

    I aspire to do more and know that the opportunity to be on the board of Democrats Abroad is a role I will take on with enthusiasm. I have an excellent grasp of the issues facing Canadians living abroad including ex-pat taxation and maximizing the likelihood that your voice is heard and taken seriously by U.S. policy makers. I recognize that Democrats must focus on retaking the state legislatures in order to address the gerrymandering that has taken place and to stop the GOP from imposing voting restrictions aimed at reducing voter turnout among African-American, Hispanic, and other minority voters. Thank you very much for considering me for this position.

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    George SPIEGELMAN

    I was born in St. Louis Missouri.  I am a registered to vote in Seattle Washington.  My family and I moved to British Columbia in 1978 when I was offered a faculty position at the University of British Columbia.  I retired from the University in 2011 and am currently a Professor Emeritus.  My wife and I live in Vancouver BC.  I hold a B.Sc. degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  

    At the University of British Columbia, I directed my own laboratory that graduated many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and was awarded a large number of research grants.  I also served as Acting Head of my Department, Director of three interdepartmental academic programs, and chair or member of over 40 university committees for the University Provost, Dean of the Faculty of Science, or my department.

    My involvement with the Democratic Party extends from the time I was in high school when I volunteered during the campaign of John F. Kennedy.  I have been involved in most of the presidential campaigns since then to some degree including working for Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama.  

    Outside the university I was an active member and National Vice President of Science for Peace, a Canadian organization that continues to work for a just, sustainable and peaceful world.  I have also been involved in many political campaigns in Canada at the Federal, provincial and municipal levels.

    During the most recent presidential campaign, I was heavily involved in Bernie Sanders' campaign for the nomination, including spending some time at the national office in Burlington and then being on one of the support teams that helped volunteers who were hosting phone banks.

    I am motivated to seek a position in the DPAC as a means to influence the direction of the Democratic Party as a whole.  As a passionate supporter of Bernie Sanders and the platform he voiced during the primaries, I think the Democratic Party is in dire need of change.  If it is to thrive, the Party cannot serve, or be seen as if it serves, the small segment of the US who have benefited from the policies of the last quarter century.  The party needs to bold as well as progressive.  Democrats Abroad provides one avenue to contribute to reorienting the Democratic Party.  

    I look forward to serving Democrats Abroad Canada as a Member at Large

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    Mitch STROHMINGER

    CANDIDATE STATEMENT:
    I am a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen and would like to help promote outreach to other dual citizens in Canada: the fight against what Trump stands for (intolerance, bigotry, chauvinism, etc.) affects not just those US citizens who reside in Canada, but also all Canadians. As a dual national, I would help encourage others to write and contact not only their US representatives, but also reach out to their local MPs and other Canadian political leaders, urging them to not "normalize" Trump.

    In terms of qualifications, I am an analyst and part of my daily work is tracking government policies and how these could effect macro-economic performance. I also closely follow geopolitics. I have used this knowledge to help craft letters to US and Canadian political leaders, writing why I think its important to take the Trump threat to democracy seriously.

    In terms of other skills, I speak French which helps in Quebec, in case we need to do local outreach here. Given my economic/analyst background I am also great at building graphs and tables if we need these for presentations.

    In a previous capacity, I worked on a UN Financing for Development initiative where we built a customer care platform for an economic development agency. While I did not build the site, I did help user-test it and could work with the IT board member to test new web designs.

    VOTING/HOME STATE: Maryland
    CURRENT CITY/PROVINCE: Montreal, Quebec

    INCUMBENT: No
    ON-LINE PROFILES:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchstrohminger/
    FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/mitch.strohminger

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    Jeffrey SUGARMAN

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    Scott TAVIS

    Please consider me for a role in your organization as I believe it represents hope and possibility for so many in Canada and around the world. Canada is a unique and very special place and I have worked over the last 20 years to translate that uniqueness into strategies for American companies. My belief is that "good people" can win and that is what I spend my days helping CEOs and others see, believe and act on. I include a partial list of companies I have worked with to achieve a more humane and collaborative approach to winning in business and I firmly believe my skill set and experience will greatly assist in the efforts of Democrats Abroad going forward in these tumultuous times.

    Bio
    My passion is strategic facilitation and coaching. I work with CEOs and executive teams to optimize strategic planning processes focused on brand differentiation and growth. I specifically focus on identification, alignment and execution of bold, initiatives. I have owned and operated business consulting practices both in the US and Canada, supporting technological and management systems for fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations for the last 28 years. His experience in designing strategic solutions has translated into a unique repository of proven methodologies for enhancing both culture and strategy at the senior executive level in global organizations.

    Partial Client List:
    President & Senior Team - Campbell's Canada
    President & Senior Team - Medtronic Canada
    President & Senior Team - Mars Canada
    President & Senior Team - Mars US
    President & Senior Team - Teva Canada
    President & Senior Team - Coke Canada
    President & Senior Team - Sodexo Canada
    President & Senior Team - Clearnet Canada (Now part of Bell Canada)
    President & Senior Team - Canadian Cancer Society
    President & Senior Team - Longos
    President & Senior Team -  Canadian Business College
    President & Senior Team - Save the Children Canada
    President - Korn Ferry Canada
    Chief Operating Officer - Toronto Transit Commission
    GM &Senior Team - Wheeltrans Toronto Transit Commission

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    Blowin’ In The Wind | WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

    How many roads must a man walk down

    Before you call him a man?

    Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail

    Before she sleeps in the sand?

    Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly

    Before they’re forever banned?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

     

    How many years can a mountain exist

    Before it’s washed to the sea?

    Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist

    Before they’re allowed to be free?

    Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head

    Pretending he just doesn’t see?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

     

    How many times must a man look up

    Before he can see the sky?

    Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have

    Before he can hear people cry?

    Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows

    That too many people have died?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind                                                                                                          

    Copyright © 1962 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1990 by Special Rider Music

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    Boston King | Kate Kitchen

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

     

    You got home to Sierra Leone

    Oh, bless you.

    Never more, forced to roam

    Oh, bless you.

     

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

     

    Your father was forced in chains

    Sent to slave in a foreign land

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

     

    He taught you to read

    And hold your head up high

    Bless him, Boston King

    Oh, bless him.

     

    Your mother healed the sick.

    Oh, bless her.

    Bless her, Boston King

    Oh, bless her.

     

    You never lost your hope

    You never lost your pride.

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.
     

    You got home to Sierra Leone

    Bless you.

    Never more, forced to roam

    Oh, bless you.

     

    Chorus: Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

    Bless you, Boston King

    Oh, bless you.

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    Come To Mama | LADY GAGA

    Everybody's got to love each other

    Stop throwin' stones at your sisters and your brothers

    Man, it wasn't that long ago, we were all living in the jungle

    So why do we gotta put each other down?

    When there's more than enough love to go, g-g-go around

     

    Come to mama

    Tell me who hurt ya

    There's gonna be no future

    If we don't figure this out

     

    Dude in a labcoat and a man of God

    (Come onto mama, come on, mama)

    Fought over prisms and a forty-day flood

    (Come onto mama, come on, mama)

     

    Well, I say rainbows did more than they've ever done

    (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)

    So why do we gotta fight over ideas?

    (Aah, aah, aah)

    We're talkin the same old shit after all of these years

    (Ayi, yi, yi)

     

    Come to mama

    Tell me who hurt ya

    There's gonna be no future

    If we don't figure this out

     

    Oo oh-oo-oh, come tomorrow

    Who are you gonna follow?

    There's gonna be no future

    If we don't figure this out

     

    Psychic guru catches minnows in the harbor

    (Come onto mama, come on, mama)

    Everyone tells him he should work a little harder

    (Come onto mama -- hey, man, get to work)

    (Come on, mama -- catch 'em)

    They all tell you that freedom must be bought

    But baby, he's already caught them

    So why do we gotta tell each other how to live?

    The only prisons that exist are ones we put each other in

     

    Come to mama

    Tell me who hurt ya

    There's gonna be no future

    If we don't figure this out

     

    Oo oh-oo-oh, come tomorrow

    Who are you gonna follow?

    There's gonna be no future

    If we don't figure this out

     

    Come to mama

    (Come onto me)

    (Woah, oh-oh oo oh-oo-oh)

    (Woah, oh-oh oo oh-oo-oh)

     

    Woohoo-hoo woohoo hoo-oo-hoo

    Woohoo-hoo woohoo hoo-oo-hoo

     

    'Cause I wanna be there

    I wanna be there for you

    I wanna be there

    Why do we gotta tell each other how to live?

    The only prisons that exist are ones we put each other in

    Why do we gotta tell each other how to live?

    Look what that rainbow did

    Oo-hoo woohoo-oo-hoo woohoo-hoo

    Oo-hoo woohoo-oo-hoo woohoo-hoo

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    Down By the Riverside | Spiritual that was sung by slaves in the South as a work song.

    I'm gonna lay down my heavy load,

    Down by the riverside,

    Down by the riverside,

    Down by the riverside

    I'm gonna lay down heavy load,

    Down by the riverside and I ain't a gonna study war no more

     

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more

     

    I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield,

    Down by the riverside

    Down by the riverside,

    Down by the riverside

    I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield,

    Down by the riverside

    And I ain't gonna study war no more

     

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more

     

    I'm gonna put on my traveling shoes,

    Down by the riverside

    Down by the riverside,

    Down by the riverside

    I'm gonna put on my traveling shoes,

    Down by the riverside

    And I ain't gonna study war no more

     

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more,

    I ain't gonna study war no more.

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    Eat Your Greens | Kate Kitchen

    Eat your greens

    Eat your greens

    You better remember to eat your greens

     

    No more sugar

    No more fat

    And you know why it’s called that

     

    Eat your beans and legumes

    Lots of veggies, even prunes

     

    Just remember to eat your greens

     

    No more cages

    No more hooks

    No more cows dirty looks

     

    If organic all the better

    And if you save the mutton

    I will knit you a sweater

     

    Just remember to eat your greens

     

    I mean spinach, kale and head lettuce

    Boston Bibb and all the rest

    But if you want my opinion,

    Romaine is the best.

     

    You may decide to grow your own

    Without round up or DDT

    In raised beds

    Or on your balcony

     

    Mmmm…I remember why I eat my greens

     

    You may go wild

    With ramps and wild flowers (collards)

    And then you will be feeling empowered

     

    While you are eating your greens

     

    Add some carrots and tomatoes

    (And whatever catches your fancy)

    Maybe an onion, sprouts  or a radish

     

    Toss ‘em together

    And you’ll be glad to eat your greens

     

    Eat your greens

    Eat your greens

     

    Even your ice cream can be green

     

    Then you’ll remember to eat your greens

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    Hallelujah | Leonard Cohen

    Well I heard there was a secret chord

    That David played and it pleased the Lord

    But you don't really care for music, do you?

    Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth

    The minor fall and the major lift

    The baffled king composing

     

    Hallelujah [x4]

     

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof

    You saw her bathing on the roof

    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you

    She tied you to her kitchen chair

    She broke your throne and she cut your hair

    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

     

    Hallelujah [x4]

     

    Baby I've been here before

    I've seen this room and I've walked this floor (you know)

    I used to live alone before I knew you

    And I've seen your flag on the marble arch

    And love is not a victory march

    It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

     

    Hallelujah [x4] . . .

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    I Am Woman

    I am woman, hear me roar

    In numbers too big to ignore

    And I know too much to go back an' pretend

    'Cause I've heard it all before

    And I've been down there on the floor

    No one's ever gonna keep me down again

     

    Oh yes, I am wise

    But it's wisdom born of pain

    Yes, I've paid the price

    But look how much I gained

    If I have to, I can do anything

    I am strong

    (Strong)

    I am invincible

    (Invincible)

    I am woman

     

    You can bend but never break me

    'Cause it only serves to make me

    More determined to achieve my final goal

    And I come back even stronger

    Not a novice any longer

    'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

     

    Oh yes, I am wise

    But it's wisdom born of pain

    Yes, I've paid the price

    But look how much I gained

    If I have to, I can do anything

    I am strong

    (Strong)

    I am invincible

    (Invincible)

     

    I am woman

    I am woman watch me grow

    See me standing toe to toe

    As I spread my lovin' arms across the land

    But I'm still an embryo

    With a long, long way to go

    Until I make my brother understand

     

    Oh yes, I am wise

    But it's wisdom born of pain

    Yes, I've paid the price

    But look how much I gained

    If I have to, I can face anything

    I am strong

    (Strong)

    I am invincible

    (Invincible)

    I am woman

    I am woman

    I am invincible

    I am strong

    I am woman

    I am invincible

    I am strong

    I am woman

     

    Songwriters | BURTON, RAY | REDDY, HELEN

    Published by Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    If I Had a Hammer | Pete Seeger and Lee Hays

    If I had a hammer,

    I'd hammer in the morning

    I'd hammer in the evening,

    All over this land.

    I'd hammer out danger,

    I'd hammer out a warning,

    I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,

    All over this land.

     

    If I had a bell,

    I'd ring it in the morning,

    I'd ring it in the evening,

    All over this land.

    I'd ring out danger,

    I'd ring out a warning

    I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters,

    All over this land.

     

    If I had a song,

    I'd sing it in the morning,

    I'd sing it in the evening,

    All over this land.

    I'd sing out danger,

    I'd sing out a warning

    I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters,

    All over this land.

     

    Well I got a hammer,

    And I got a bell,

    And I got a song to sing, all over this land.

    It's the hammer of Justice,

    It's the bell of Freedom,

    It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,

    All over this land.

    It's the hammer of Justice,

    It's the bell of Freedom,

    It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,

    All over this land.

    ***

    Masters Of War | WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

    Come you masters of war

    You that build all the guns

    You that build the death planes

    You that build the big bombs

    You that hide behind walls

    You that hide behind desks

    I just want you to know

    I can see through your masks

     

    You that never done nothin’

    But build to destroy

    You play with my world

    Like it’s your little toy

    You put a gun in my hand

    And you hide from my eyes

    And you turn and run farther

    When the fast bullets fly

     

    Like Judas of old

    You lie and deceive

    A world war can be won

    You want me to believe

    But I see through your eyes

    And I see through your brain

    Like I see through the water

    That runs down my drain

     

    You fasten the triggers

    For the others to fire

    Then you set back and watch

    When the death count gets higher

    You hide in your mansion

    As young people’s blood

    Flows out of their bodies

    And is buried in the mud

     

    You’ve thrown the worst fear

    That can ever be hurled

    Fear to bring children

    Into the world

    For threatening my baby

    Unborn and unnamed

    You ain’t worth the blood

    That runs in your veins

     

    How much do I know

    To talk out of turn

    You might say that I’m young

    You might say I’m unlearned

    But there’s one thing I know

    Though I’m younger than you

    Even Jesus would never

    Forgive what you do

     

    Let me ask you one question

    Is your money that good

    Will it buy you forgiveness

    Do you think that it could

    I think you will find

    When your death takes its toll

    All the money you made

    Will never buy back your soul

     

    And I hope that you die

    And your death’ll come soon

    I will follow your casket

    In the pale afternoon

    And I’ll watch while you’re lowered

    Down to your deathbed

    And I’ll stand o’er your grave

    ’Til I’m sure that you’re dead

    Copyright © 1963 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991 by Special Rider Music

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    "Respect" | Otis Redding, Adapted by Aretha Franklin

    What you want

    Baby, I got

    What you need

    Do you know I got it?

    All I'm askin'

    Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)

    Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home

    (just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

     

    I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone

    Ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna

    All I'm askin'

    Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)

    Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)

    Yeah (just a little bit)

     

    I'm about to give you all of my money

    And all I'm askin' in return, honey

    Is to give me my propers

    When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)

    Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)

    When you get home (just a little bit)

    Yeah (just a little bit)

     

    Ooo, your kisses

    Sweeter than honey

    And guess what?

    So is my money

    All I want you to do for me

    Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)

    Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)

    Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)

    When you get home, now (just a little bit)

     

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Find out what it means to me

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Take care, Take care

    Respect/Redding/2

     

    Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,

    sock it to me, sock it to me)

    A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,

    sock it to me, sock it to me)

    Whoa, babe (just a little bit)

    A little respect (just a little bit)

    I get tired (just a little bit)

    Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)

    You're runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bit)

    And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)

    (re, re, re, re) 'spect

    When you come home (re, re, re ,re)

    Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)

    And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)

    I got to have (just a little bit)

    A little respect (just a little bit)

     

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Find out what it means to me

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Take care, Take care

    ***

    The Times They Are A-Changin’ | WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

    Come gather ’round people

    Wherever you roam

    And admit that the waters

    Around you have grown

    And accept it that soon

    You’ll be drenched to the bone

    If your time to you is worth savin’

    Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

    For the times they are a-changin’

     

    Come writers and critics

    Who prophesize with your pen

    And keep your eyes wide

    The chance won’t come again

    And don’t speak too soon

    For the wheel’s still in spin

    And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’

    For the loser now will be later to win

    For the times they are a-changin’

     

    Come senators, congressmen

    Please heed the call

    Don’t stand in the doorway

    Don’t block up the hall

    For he that gets hurt

    Will be he who has stalled

    There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’

    It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

    For the times they are a-changin’

     

    Come mothers and fathers

    Throughout the land

    And don’t criticize

    What you can’t understand

    Your sons and your daughters

    Are beyond your command

     

    Your old road is rapidly agin’

    Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

    For the times they are a-changin’

     

    The line it is drawn

    The curse it is cast

    The slow one now

    Will later be fast

    As the present now

    Will later be past

    The order is rapidly fadin’

    And the first one now will later be last

    For the times they are a-changin’                                                                                                                

    Copyright © 1963, 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991, 1992 by Special Rider Music

     ***

    "Universal Soldier" | Buffy Sainte-Marie

    He's five foot-two, and he's six feet-four,

    He fights with missiles and with spears.

    He's all of thirty-one, and he's only seventeen,

    Been a soldier for a thousand years.

     

    He'a a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain,

    A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew.

    And he knows he shouldn't kill,

    And he knows he always will,

    Kill you for me my friend and me for you.

     

    And he's fighting for Canada,

    He's fighting for France,

    He's fighting for the USA,

    And he's fighting for the Russians,

    And he's fighting for Japan,

    And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

     

    And he's fighting for Democracy,

    He's fighting for the Reds,

    He says it's for the peace of all.

    He's the one who must decide,

    Who's to live and who's to die,

    And he never sees the writing on the wall.

     

    But without him,

    How would Hitler have condemned them at Dachau?

    Without him Caesar would have stood alone,

    He's the one who gives his body

    As a weapon of the war,

    And without him all this killing can't go on.

     

    He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame,

    His orders come from far away no more,

    They come from here and there and you and me,

    And brothers can't you see,

    This is not the way we put the end to war.

    ***

    We Shall Overcome

    We shall overcome,

    We shall overcome

    We shall overcome some day

    Oh, deep in my heart,

    I do believe

    We shall overcome some day

     

    We’ll walk hand in hand,

    We’ll walk hand in hand

    We’ll walk hand in hand some day

    Oh, deep in my heart,

    I do believe

    We’ll walk hand in hand some day

     

    We are not afraid,

    We are not afraid

    We are not afraid today

    Oh, deep in my heart,

    I do believe

    We are not afraid today

     

    The truth shall make us free,

    The truth shall make us free

    The truth shall make us free some day

    Oh, deep in my heart,

    I do believe

    The truth shall make us free some day

     

    We shall live in peace,

    We shall live in peace

    We shall live in peace some day

    Oh, deep in my heart,

    I do believe

    We shall live in peace some day

    ***

    You Don't Own Me (as sung by Lesley Gore)

    You don't own me

    I'm not just one of your many toys

    You don't own me

    Don't say I can't go with other boys

     

    And don't tell me what to do

    Don't tell me what to say

    And please, when I go out with you

    Don't put me on display 'cause

     

    You don't own me

    Don't try to change me in any way

    You don't own me

    Don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay

     

    I don't tell you what to say

    I don't tell you what to do

    So just let me be myself

    That's all I ask of you

     

    I'm young and I love to be young

    I'm free and I love to be free

    To live my life the way I want

    To say and do whatever I please

     

    And don't tell me what to do

    Oh, don't tell me what to say

    And please, when I go out with you

    Don't put me on display

     

    I don't tell you what to say

    Oh, don't tell you what to do

    So just let me be myself

    That's all I ask of you

    I'm young and I love to be young

    I'm free and I love to be free

    To live

    Writer(s) | DAVID WHITE | JOHN MADARA

    Publisher | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Via WebEx and in person at some chapters! in Canada, Canada, Canada

    DA Canada Annual General Meeting & Election 2017 & Bylaws Amendments

    IMPORTANT: DA Canada AGM - New Date April 2, 2017

    Dear DA Canada Members:

    On February 24, DA Canada emailed all members a Notice of AGM & Election 2017 & Bylaw Amendments, with the Meeting to be held on Sunday, March 26 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time.  The Notice included the text of the proposed Bylaw Amendments.  The DA Canada Bylaws also require that proposed Bylaw Amendments be posted on the DA website for 30 days prior to the Meeting.  Unfortunately, due to an inadvertent oversight, the Bylaw Amendments were not posted on the DA website until March 3, seven (7) days later.

    To provide the full 30 days posting period specified in the Bylaws, the DA Canada AGM & Election 2017 & Bylaw Amendments Meeting will be moved forward seven (7) days to:  Sunday, April 2, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

    Accordingly the following deadlines are also advanced by seven (7) days:

    *To vote, you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on 16 March 2017
    *Electronic ballots will be emailed to members on 17 March 2017
    *Completed ballots must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on 1 April 2017

    Please be sure to vote and we look forward to everyone's participation at the Meeting on April 2!

    Democratically yours,
    DA Canada

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    What: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

    Purpose: To inform you about the year’s activities and the accomplishments of your country committee & amendments to the bylaws & to elect the following Board Members for a two-year term: Country Chair, Executive Vice-Chair, Vice-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, IT Manager , Counsel, Members-at-Large. The AGM agenda will follow at a later date.

    When: SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

    Where: Via WebEx and in person at some chapters. Look for announcements from your chapter or contact your local chapter chair. Address all other enquiries to Chair, Democrats Abroad Canada: chair@democratsabroad.ca

    Who: All Members of Democrats Abroad Canada

    How: For Members not yet signed up to WebEx, the video conferencing system used by Democrats Abroad, you will receive information at a later date for a WebEx tutorial and for downloading the necessary software. WebEx has a total capacity of 200 participants so space online is limited.

    More Election Information: If your chapter is participating in the AGM, you may vote in-person then. Contact your Chapter Chair for information. Or you may vote online. The electronic ballots will be emailed to members on March 17, 2017. Submit your completed ballot by 11:59PM EDT April 1, 2017. Or mail it to: Teller of Elections, 82A Corby Crescent, Brampton ON L6Y 1H1. To vote you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59PM EDT March 16, 2017, you must be a member of DACA, a US citizen of voting age and a resident of Canada. A list of nominees and candidate statements can be found on the Democrats Abroad Canada website by clicking here.

    PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENTS: 15.1 The DPCA Voting Representatives shall represent the views of DACA at the international meetings of the DPCA. The number of voting members is based on country membership and other factors and is determined by the DPCA.  The Country Chair and the Executive Vice Chair are Voting Representatives by virtue of their offices. (new) All DPCA voting members pledge to attend the Annual DPCA meetings or may timely proxy their vote to another board member or a member of their chapter board. while additional Voting Representatives are to be elected by DACA membership. However, with the exception of the Country Chair and Executive Vice Chair, any additional DACA Voting Representatives are non-voting members of the Board and are not counted to determine the quorum for Board meetings. DPCA Voting Representatives are elected to a two-year term.

    15.2 (new) DACA voting representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) shall be members of the DACA Board, its Officers, Members at Large, IT Manager and Chapter Chairs who are in office May 1st of each election year.  Each voting representative shall share an equal portion of the voting allocation assigned to it by the DPCA in February of the same year.

    21.1 The Officers, Members at Large, and the IT Manager and the DPCA Voting Representatives shall be elected by a simple majority of votes of the members voting in person, by electronic ballot, by mail or by teleconference at the biennial AGM.  If there is a tie vote, a subsequent ballot shall be held at the same meeting with only members present, in-person or by teleconference, voting.

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - WebEx ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

    Please note:  Unfortunately there will be no tech support available during the AGM. You must confirm your WebEx software installation well in advance of the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

    WebEx Setup Instructions:

    Access to the AGM is provided through WebEx software and can easily be configured following the instructions on how to install this software on your PC or MAC at this link:  https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/WebEx/How+To+SetUp+WebEx+on+your+computer

    Tips for Participating in a WebEx Meeting:

    • Please MUTE your microphone (use the red mute mic button next to your name in the Participants list on the top-right side of the screen). This will make the audio much clearer for everyone on the call.

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    Democrats Abroad Canada - Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC)

    Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, ON, Canada

    DA Canada Toronto Chapter Annual General Meeting

    Dear DA Canada Toronto Chapter Members:

    This is Notice of AGM & Election 2017, with the Meeting to be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

    What: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

    Purpose: To inform you about the year’s activities and the accomplishments of the chapter plus elect the following Board Members for a two-year term: Chapter Chair, Vice-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Members-at-Large, Member-at-Large York Region and Member-at-Large Peel Region. The AGM agenda will follow at a later date.

    When: SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

    Where: In-person at the Centre for Social Innovation, 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor, Room 2 or via WebEx. Look for an update to this announcement with instructions on how to register to participate via WebEx. Address all other enquiries to Chair, DA Canada Toronto Chapter: chair-toronto@democratsabroad.ca

    Who: All Members of Democrats Abroad Canada - Toronto Chapter

    How: For Members who will participate via WebEx, the video conferencing system used by Democrats Abroad, you will receive information at a later date for a WebEx tutorial and for downloading the necessary software. WebEx has a total capacity of 200 participants so space online is limited.

    More Election Information: Ballots will be emailed to members on March 24, 2017 which will contain links to an electronic and paper ballot. Submit your completed electronic ballot by 1:59PM EDT April 9, 2017. Or mail it to: DACTO Teller of Elections, 1153 Mirada Place, Mississauga, ON L5H 3B6. To vote you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59PM EDT March 23, 2017, you must be a member of DACA, a US citizen of voting age and a resident of Canada. A list of nominees and candidate statements can be found on the DA Canada-Toronto website by clicking here.

    Please be sure to vote and we look forward to your participation at the Meeting on April 9th!

    Democratically yours,

    DA Canada - Toronto Nominations & Elections Committee
    Starla Goggins, Chair
    Chris Eggers
    David Letteney
    Steve Nardi, Teller of Elections