Welcome to Democrats Abroad Toronto!

DA Toronto is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Toronto, please contact us.

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    2017-19 Chapter Election Results, AGM Minutes & Contact List

    The DA Canada Toronto Chapter Nominations & Elections Committee are pleased to announce the results of the chapter board for the 2017-19 term, as reported by the Teller of Elections at the AGM of April 9, 2017.

     Following the election results are links to the draft AGM minutes and the contact list for the new board.

     Chair: Julie Buchanan

     Vice-Chair: Nathan Lujan

     Vice-Chair: Danielle Stampley

     Secretary: Mari Rutka

     Treasurer: Dewitt Lee

     Member-at-Large: Alyssa Ages

     Member-at-Large: Dylan Clark

     Member-at-Large: Paulette Kelly

     Member-at-Large: J. David Markham

     Member-at-Large: Kathleen Leuschen Millar

     Member-at-Large: Derrick Raphael

     Member-at-Large: Virginia Smith

     Member-at-Large (Peel Region): Susan Alksnis

     Member-at-Large (York Region): Brooke Scott

     Subsequent to the election results, the newly elected Chapter Chair designated both candidates for Secretary as Co-Secretaries, with their consent.

     Respectfully submitted,


    DACanada–Toronto Chapter Nominations & Elections Committee


    Star Goggins, Chair
    Chris Eggers
    David Letteney
    Steve Nardi (Teller)


     -NEC Toronto Teller Elections Results of 2017-2019 Toronto Chapter Board may be viewed at this link


      -Draft of AGM Minutes to be approved at next Chapter AGM may be viewed at this link


      -DA Canada Toronto 2017-2019 Board contact list may be viewed at this link

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    AGMS and Elections Explained

    As of this posting on March 29th 2017, you’ve receive (and will receive more) a myriad of emails about AGMs and Elections in this organization. And I receive a myriad of questions. Totally understandable.

     So let me try to explain the DA world.

    The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) is the international governing body of Democrats Abroad

    Democrats Abroad is organized by regions

    • Americas
    • EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa)
    • Asia Pacific

    Regions are made up of Country Committees–

    • There are around 60 Country Committees-but let’s just concentrate on Canada- a member of the Americas Region

    Country Committees are made up of Chapters –

    • There are around 15 Chapters across Canada that make up the Country Committee-but let’s concentrate on Toronto

    You receive emails from these three different levels of the organizations. All these participating groups of Democrats Abroad are required to have an AGM and elections and we’re required by various charters and by-laws to inform you, ergo a lot of emails you may not be interested in. 

    Your vote is important to the future of this organization. Very few people vote in internal Democrats Abroad elections. It's usually just been us folks who are willing to take on the work of Getting Out the Vote that ran for office. The fact that we had to be elected was just a formality.

    But this year it's different with in the Canada elections. It is the first time we have contested positions and we need participation by our members to make a fair selection.

    I ask you to take a few moments and participate in the democratic process for the election of the leaders of this hardworking organization.

    Canada’s information

     Registration for Toronto In-Person Gathering for Canada’s AGM above Webex Registration also required)

     Toronto’s Information

     Please note, as I am running for Chair of Toronto, uncontested, I have already asked all of the nominees to stay on the Toronto board as part of a committee no matter who “wins”! But I ask you still to participate.

    The Global AGM is in May-and the America’s AGM is as well. There will be emails yet to come, but again, please participate, and most important…please don’t unsubscribe from receiving our emails.

     I will do my best to update this article with news about about other AGMS as I get them.


    Thank you,

    Julie Buchanan

    Acting Chair – Toronto



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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Trinity Square in Toronto, ON, Canada

    Climate March for The Planet, Animals, and People

    We are meeting between 9:30-9:55 at Trinity Square (off of Bay St) near
    the Eaton Centre doors. The march will begin at 10 Trinity Sq, Toronto and Dewitt Lee, a long time environmental advocate and the newly elected Treasurer of Democrats Abroad Toronto is honored to speak on our behalf.

    RSVP here.  

    All are welcome as we march in solidarity for our planet! 

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Allan Gardens in Toronto, ON, Canada

    People's Climate March Toronto

    Say NO on Trump's 100th day of damage!

    Turn your anger to action. Help us canvas for new DA members and volunteers for our Summer Surge to Get Out The Vote in 2017 and 2018 elections. RSVP here and look for our giant banner and blue DA tshirts. Join the People’s Climate Movement in Toronto and around the world to stand up for our communities and climate. March is from Allan Gardens to U.S. Consulate. Join after at Queen Mother Café on Queen St. If you are attending the 10 am Climate March at Trinity Square, that group will be marching to Allan Gardens at noon to join this event. RSVP here