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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

 

 

DA Canada Leadership:

| Country Chair
| DA Canada Executive Vice Chair/Global GOTV Co-Chair
| Vice Chair, Youth Caucus Chair Canada, Youth Caucus Americas Regional Leader
| Vice Chair
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    Notice of 2018 Democrats Abroad Canada Annual General Meeting

    Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting & Election & Bylaws Amendments

    The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada invites you to attend your Annual General Meeting

    WHAT?

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

    PURPOSE?

    To inform you about 2017 activities and the accomplishments of your country committee + amendments to the bylaws + to elect the following Board Members to complete a one-year term due to vacancies: Secretary & IT Manager.

    The AGM agenda and registration link will follow at a later date.

    WHEN?

    Saturday

    16 June 2018

    2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time

    WHERE?

    Via WebEx and possibly 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

    The electronic ballots will be emailed to members on 01 June. Submit your completed ballot by 11:59PM EDT 15 June. To vote you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59PM EDT 31 May 2018, 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

    Current ARTICLE 4 Officers

    4.1 The Officers of the Organization shall be the Country Chair, Executive Vice Chair, two (2) additional Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, and Counsel. The Executive Vice Chair shall be opposite in gender to the Country Chair. These Officers constitute the Executive Committee of DACA, which shall meet at least quarterly.

    The Officers offer an opportunity to broaden representation of the regions of the country. In addition, experience working with the Board or at the national level is an important qualification. Officers are voting members of the Board.

    Proposed ARTICLE 4 Officers

    4.1 The Officers of the Organization shall be the Country Chair, Executive Vice Chair, two (2) additional Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Counsel and IT Manager. The Executive Vice Chair shall be opposite in gender to the Country Chair. These Officers constitute the Executive Committee of DACA, which shall meet at least quarterly.

    The Officers offer an opportunity to broaden representation of the regions of the country. In addition, experience working with the Board or at the national level is an important qualification. Officers are voting members of the Board.


    Current Article 13 Chapter Representatives

    13.1 Each chapter that has a Chapter Chair elected biennially in odd numbered years by the chapter membership and which has one hundred (100) or more verified members may be entitled to one Chapter Representative (“CR”) on the Board. A chapter, which exceeds any of the following thresholds of verified members, shall be entitled to one or more additional CR’s:

    400 verified members = 1 additional CR

    1,200 verified members = 2 additional CR’s

    2,400 verified members = 3 additional CR’s

    3,600 verified members = 4 additional CR’s

    13.2 If a chapter is entitled to one CR, it shall be the Chapter Chair. If a chapter is entitled to two or more CR’s, the additional CR’s shall be elected at the biennial chapter AGM at which chapter officers are elected. Chapter Representatives so chosen shall take office at the next Board meeting following the DACA AGM and shall serve a two-year term.

    Proposed Article 13 Chapter Representatives

    13.1 Each chapter that has a Chapter Chair elected biennially in odd numbered years by the chapter membership and which has one hundred (100) or more verified members is entitled to one Chapter Representative (“CR”) on the Board, who shall be the Chapter Chair. A chapter which exceeds the following thresholds of verified members shall be entitled to additional CR’s:

    2,000 verified members = 1 additional CR (Total of 2)

    4,000+ verified members = 2 additional CR’s (Total of 3)

    Proposed 13.2 If a chapter is entitled to two (2) or more CR’s, the additional CR’s shall be the Chapter Vice-Chair(s), elected at the biennial chapter AGM at which chapter officers are elected.

    Chapter Representatives so chosen shall take office at the next Board meeting following the DACA AGM and shall serve a two-year term.

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    Candidate Statements for Officer Elections at the June 16th AGM

    Below are the Candidate Statements for the individuals who are standing for election to the Dems Abroad Canada Board at the upcoming AGM for Secretary or IT Manager to fill mid-term vacancies. Additional details will be provided in the AGM Meeting Notice to follow.

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD CANADA

    2018 ELECTIONS

    CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

    SECRETARY

    · Marnelle Dragilla

    · Jacquelyn MacKnight

    IT MANAGER

    · Julie Buchanan

    · Greg Nelsen

    · Tim Smith


    Name: Marnelle Dragilla

    Nomination for: Secretary

    Marnelle was appointed DACA Secretary in August 2017 to fill the vacancy when the elected secretary resigned.

    She is a proud Washington State voter and has resided in Canada, in both BC and Ontario, for over 20 years. She currently lives in the London, Ontario, area and is actively involved in the London & Area DA chapter. Her chapter Chair enthusiastically endorses her for DACA Secretary.

    Marnelle attended the May 2017 DA Global Meeting in Washington, D.C. and was instrumental in the planning discussions to form the new global Progressive Caucus (ProDA) within DA for which she now serves as a founding steering committee member.

    Marnelle represented DA as an attendee at both the 2017 People’s Summit in Chicago and the inaugural Women’s Convention (associated with the Women’s March in D.C.) in Detroit.

    Marnelle also represented DA Canada and ProDA at the 2018 DA America’s Regional Meeting in Costa Rica, where she presented on both ProDA and the Women’s Caucus, of which she is also a member.

    Marnelle has participated in numerous marches, talks and special events with DA in Toronto, including the 2018 Women’s March. She also participated in the bus trip from Canada to Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives.

    Marnelle’s favourite DA-related activity, however, would have to be liberating the DA donkey from a warehouse outside Philadelphia in a sketchy cargo van with Ed Ungar - and transporting it across the Canadian border without any issues! The DA donkey can often be found at GOTV events in the Toronto area.

    Marnelle has a background in social work centred on an anti-oppression framework, and she is also a lawyer. Her legal practice has focused on child protection law for the last 12 years, including representing children, as an agent of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

    She is a past Regional Director, Vice-Chair and Acting Chair for the Organization of Counsel for Children’s Aid Societies. She is Chair of her local cycling club and sits on the Board of the Ontario Cycling Association.

    At present, Marnelle is actively involved in organizing the 2019 Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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    Name: Jacquelyn MacKnight

    Nomination for: Secretary

    I have been living in Ontario Canada since November of 2000. I became a citizen of Canada in 2002.

    I maintain my nursing license in both Minnesota and Ontario. I have been active in the democratic party since 18 years of age and served as campaign staff for the Minnesota Jesse Jackson campaigns along with Senator Paul Wellstone.

    Experience which is pertinent to this position is listed below.

    • LHIN Health Professional Advisory Committee

    • Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario, elected member assigned to the Registration

    Committee, finishing my term in June 2014

    • Rehab/CCC Advisory Committee member at CNO in 2014

    • RPNAO member and serve as VP of the IB SIG group, current

    • Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario, President NE Chapter

    • Gerontology Professionals of Canada LinkedIn Group, Manager

    • White Mountain Academy Board of Directors, Secretary

    • Elliot Lake Library Board, Vice President

    Skills:

    Computer: MS Office, Google Chrome & components, Outlook, Personnel and client records intake and maintenance, database maintenance, charting, data collection for records, setting up initial and ongoing scheduling.

    Work style: Confidentiality ensured, honest, loyal, superb organization skills, goal oriented, ability to prioritize independently, adaptability - efficient under pressure, always meet deadlines, multitasking - competent handle many assignments, willing to stretch extra hours if needed to complete extra assigned work, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills.

    Communication: Great at interpersonal communication - effective coordinator, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an effective listener, accuracy and punctuality, superb customer relations, good judgment, negotiating skills, conflict resolution, strong presentation skills

    Other information which may be important: I live in Elliot Lake Ontario, a northern community.

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    Name: Julie Buchanan

    Nomination for: IT Manager

    I am writing to nominate Julie Buchanan from Alabama, currently of Brampton, ON for the position of IT Manager.

    Julie Buchanan has been an active contributing member to Democrats Abroad Canada for nearly ten years, participating and volunteering at the local, national and global levels.

    Currently Julie has been Acting IT Manager since the position became vacant, stepping forward when the person elected was unable to serve the full term. Julie had previously served as the IT Manager and brought a technical aptitude plus an understanding of the technology utilized by Democrats Abroad, which enabled her to immediately be effective.

    This is not the first time Julie has stepped up or raised her hand to take on a challenge. On two separate occasions when vacancies occurred unexpectedly, Julie stepped into the Acting Chair position for the Toronto Chapter, leading the chapter to increased growth and member engagement.

    Julie also gave her boundless energy and optimism for the Democratic Party to be a driving force for Democrats Abroad Canada's participation in the Women's March on Washington and the March for Our Lives.

    Julie has been successful as the Acting IT Manager and I'm proud to nominate her to complete the term. Julie was born in Alabama and votes from Tennessee. Julie has agreed to serve if elected.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Nardi

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    Name: Greg Nelsen

    Nomination for: IT Manager

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Greg Nelsen and I am a registered Democrat living in Toronto Ontario. I have lived in Canada for nearly 20 years and reside here as a permanent resident. I am originally from Houston, Texas (a native son!) and actively participate in the happenings of my home state. I am registered to vote in the state of Texas and have never missed an election, be it local or federal. I have been a member of Democrats Abroad for many years.

    I am an Information Technology professional and have more than 30 years' experience. As an IT consultant, I am always seeking opportunities to grow a business or organization by leveraging my knowledge of technology with the needs of the client organization. I have experience in various markets ranging from public to private including banking/finance, insurance, medical, R&D, government, and military.

    Through my years of experience, I provide a wide range of expertise from the nuts-and-bolts, such as managing institutional domains, e-mail and list servers, and databases, to the "soft skills" needed to manage people. I have direct experience managing teams of people, including software development teams and volunteer social organizations and know the need for that "special something" required to coax the best performance from all.

    A leadership role is critical to the effective functioning and good governance in any organization. Communication is critical to break down barriers and remove obstacles. As such, I also provide training and written documentation -- from technical design documentation to end-user "how to" guides.

    I am currently in a position where I can devote time to the organization and feel that now, more than ever, the need to do so.

    Please consider this note as my self-nomination to stand for the position of IT Manager for Democrats Abroad Canada. I am not an incumbent for this position.

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    Name: Tim Smith

    Nomination for: IT Manager

    • I care deeply about your privacy and the security of our membership data and infrastructure. 

    • I believe advancing a progressive agenda is crucial to securing environmental, economic, and social justice for all Americans. 

    • I work as a data scientist supporting a Web browser that you've heard of, and I have a deep understanding of how Internet technologies and platforms work.

    I would look forward to maintaining a professional and effective Internet presence for Democrats Abroad Canada while helping chapter leaders communicate with their members. Since recent events have made clear that parties around the world have nefarious interests in Democratic infrastructure, I will apply a common-sense approach to best practices for information security to help maintain the integrity and privacy of your membership data and our information resources.

    My past political engagement includes volunteering on phones and at doors for Democratic presidential campaigns and progressive referendum campaigns. I've worked as a staff field organizer for Hillary Clinton in Nevada in 2008, and as a field intern in DC for Human Rights Campaign. I hold BS, MS, and PhD degrees in engineering.

    I reside in Vancouver, BC; vote in Irvine, CA; and I am not an incumbent.

    Please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at demsabroad@tds.xyz, you can find my LinkedIn profile at https://linkedin.com/in/tdsmith, and Vancouverites can catch me swimming with the English Bay Swim Club. It would be an honor to have your support.

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    Watch for the registration details to attend via WebEx and the electronic ballot to be distributed on June 1st.

    Sincerely,
    George Spiegelman, NEC Chair
    Annie Parry
    Ed Ungar

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 04:00 PM

    Please Join Us: DA Victoria Board Meeting Thursday May 31

    Let's get out the Vote for the 2018 Elections!

    Would you like to help plan upcoming events and activities for the DA Victoria Chapter? All DA Victoria members are invited to the upcoming Board Meeting:

    DATE:  Thursday, May 31st

    TIME:  4:00 pm

    PLACE:  Private home in James Bay, near Beacon Hill Park (Map is for general area; please RSVP below for exact location and directions)


    Hope you can join us!

    Democratically yours,
    DA Victoria Chapter

    Pat Kostek, Chair
    Peggy Hamilton, Treasurer
    Heidi Burch, Member-at-Large
    Penny Hocking, Member-at-Large
    Sandi Jones, Member-at-Large
    Anny Schaefer, Member-at-Large
    Jessica Matwick, Acting Member-at-Large, UVic Representative
    Diana Shnider, Volunteer par Excellence