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Welcome to the official home for
American Democrats living in Canada!

Join Dems Abroad | Register for your ballot VoteFromAbroad.org
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For all media inquiries, please contact Communications or +1 877-336-2008

 

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Democrats Abroad Canada is the official country committee of the DPCA for U.S. Democrats living in Canada. We are a 100% volunteer self-funded organization helping American citizens vote in U.S. elections through voter registration and keeping Americans informed on key issues. DemsAbroad Canada engages with members of Congress on issues affecting Americans living abroad, and strives to make information available to our members on topics such as Canada/US tax filing requirements, Estate Planning, and Operating a Corporation in Canada as an American Abroad. We also provide many opportunities to volunteer with our Get Out the Vote efforts!

Volunteers are always needed to help get out the vote, grow our base, and reach out to find new friends. To volunteer contact your local chapter or email our Volunteer Manager, Joann Sochor.

Our chapters across Canada offer a peer-group resource for U.S. citizens looking for assistance with voting, taxes, and passports plus social gatherings. Past chapter events include Women's Marches, Tax Seminars, Fourth of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Election and Debate Watch parties, Movie Nights, Trivia Quizzes, voter registration events and Pints & Politics pub meet-ups.

We also post voter and event information as well as current political news on multiple social media channels. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter - and please share the information! Be sure to check our Events page and News page for additional updates on what we're up to.

For more information, email Erin Kotecki Vest, Canada Country Chair or call our information line toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 647-707-1275.

Democrats Abroad Canada is self-funded, utilizing all funds raised to support our national and chapter Get Out the Vote efforts to reach the est. 650,000 - 1,000,000 Americans living across Canada. We are very grateful to all of our donors for your generous support.

REGISTER FOR YOUR BALLOT: VoteFromAbroad.org
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For all media inquiries, please contact Communications or +1 877-336-2008

DA Canada Leadership:

Erin Kotecki Vest
| Canada Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Steven Nardi
| Canada Past-Chair
Lewis Miesen
| Canada Executive Vice Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Kimberly Johnson
| Canada Vice Chair | Alberta Chapter Chair
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  • News

    Democrats Abroad Canada - Call for Board of Director Nominations

    Join the DA Canada Board and help us win in 2024! Deadline for nominations: 11:59 PT, February 9, 2023

    Nomination Process: You can self-nominate or nominate someone else, with their permission. Nomination forms must be submitted. Your nomination form includes a short candidate statement that needs to describe skills and experience pertinent to the position (or office) for which you or your nominee is running. 

    Term: Starting March 26, 2023 for two years, ending approximately March 2025, covering the next Presidential election, which is always an exciting time to be involved.

    Eligibility: All currently registered members of Democrats Abroad Canada are eligible unless prohibited (i.e., term limits) per the Democrats Abroad Canada Bylaws.  Nominees must be willing to stand for office. 

    Nomination Deadline:  February 9, 2023 11:59 p.m. PT. After nominations are closed, we’ll provide ballots and information on voting by email.

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, January 30, 2023 at 05:00 PM Time
    Brutopia in Montreal, QC, Canada

    Listen & Learn: McGill University

    Join Democrats Abroad International Leadership, Canada Leadership, and Members for a Happy Hour near McGill University on January 30th, 2023. Ask questions about what's going on stateside, the work of Democrats Abroad, and Candice Kerestan's role on the DNC Youth Council!

     

     

    Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair & DNC Youth Council Vice Chair (Munich, Germany)

    A Central Pennsylvania native, Candice Kerestan has lived in Germany for the past eight years and currently serves as International Chair of Democrats Abroad (DA), the official arm of the Democratic Party responsible for engaging and mobilizing the more than nine million U.S. citizens living overseas. She is the youngest currently serving Democratic state party chair, and the second youngest in Democratic Party history. In her role, Ms. Kerestan works with on-the-ground organizers in nearly every country to find new voters and activate existing voters abroad – with the overarching goal of delivering even more votes for Democrats across the United States in 2023 and 2024.

    Ms. Kerestan previously served as Chair of DA Germany and as the Regional Leader for the Cologne-Bonn area in Germany. She holds degrees in Political Science and German and is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Bonn where she also works as a translator in the areas of sociology, law, and political science.

    Erin Kotecki Vest, DA Canada Chair (Montréal, Canada)

    Erin Kotecki Vest is Democrats Abroad Canada’s newly elected chair. Erin has spent her career as an award winning journalist, social media strategist, political pundit & activist.

    You may recognize Erin from frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera & the Katie Couric Show or her speaking engagements at venues such as SXSW, Politics Online. 

    Born & raised in metro-Detroit, Erin & husband Aaron (really!) moved to Los Angeles in 1999. Along with their California-native teens they relocated to Montréal in 2019.

     

    Randi Weitzner, DA Quebec Chapter Chair (Montréal, Canada)

    Randi is a native downstate New Yorker who has lived in Montreal, Quebec for 33 years. She is trained as a social worker, and has a passion for providing services to those in need. She prioritizes GOTV work as her primary mission in Democrats Abroad. She works hard to reach as many of the hundreds of thousands of Americans here in Canada who have a right to vote in US elections.

     

     

    Jarryd Rauch, DA International Executive Director (New York, New York)

    Jarryd Rauch currently serves as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. Previously, he served as the Eastern Regional Director of the ASDC at the DNC, working with the Democratic State Parties in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the Virgin Islands, Vermont, and with Democrats Abroad. Jarryd has worked executing many integral parts of State Party operations - including voter protection, fundraising, field, party affairs, and community engagement. He has also worked for the Connecticut Democratic Party, Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and advised local campaigns.
    Aside from his work, he is involved in community work with both the Queer and Jewish communities in New York City and in South Florida.

    Jarryd is a native of South Florida now based out of New York City, where he lives with his cat Julian. He holds a degree in Political Science and Biology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  
    Monday, January 30, 2023 at 07:30 PM Time · $50.00 USD
    Upon RSVP in Montreal, QC, Canada

    Listen and Learn: Montréal

    Join Democrats Abroad International Leadership, Canada Leadership, and Members for a Dinner in Montréal on January 30th, 2023, at 7:30pm. Hear about the important work Democrats Abroad is doing to prepare to elect Democrats in crucial swing races across the country, at all levels of the ballot in 2023 and 2024.

     

    Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair & DNC Youth Council Vice Chair (Munich, Germany)

    A Central Pennsylvania native, Candice Kerestan has lived in Germany for the past eight years and currently serves as International Chair of Democrats Abroad (DA), the official arm of the Democratic Party responsible for engaging and mobilizing the more than nine million U.S. citizens living overseas. She is the youngest currently serving Democratic state party chair, and the second youngest in Democratic Party history. In her role, Ms. Kerestan works with on-the-ground organizers in nearly every country to find new voters and activate existing voters abroad – with the overarching goal of delivering even more votes for Democrats across the United States in 2023 and 2024.

    Ms. Kerestan previously served as Chair of DA Germany and as the Regional Leader for the Cologne-Bonn area in Germany. She holds degrees in Political Science and German and is currently pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Bonn where she also works as a translator in the areas of sociology, law, and political science.

    Erin Kotecki Vest, DA Canada Chair (Montréal, Canada)

    Erin Kotecki Vest is Democrats Abroad Canada’s newly elected chair. Erin has spent her career as an award winning journalist, social media strategist, political pundit & activist.

    You may recognize Erin from frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera & the Katie Couric Show or her speaking engagements at venues such as SXSW, Politics Online. 

    Born & raised in metro-Detroit, Erin & husband Aaron (really!) moved to Los Angeles in 1999. Along with their California-native teens they relocated to Montréal in 2019.

     

    Randi Weitzner, DA Quebec Chapter Chair (Montréal, Canada)

    Randi is a native downstate New Yorker who has lived in Montreal, Quebec for 33 years. She is trained as a social worker, and has a passion for providing services to those in need. She prioritizes GOTV work as her primary mission in Democrats Abroad. She works hard to reach as many of the hundreds of thousands of Americans here in Canada who have a right to vote in US elections.

     

     

    Jarryd Rauch, DA International Executive Director (New York, New York)

    Jarryd Rauch currently serves as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. Previously, he served as the Eastern Regional Director of the ASDC at the DNC, working with the Democratic State Parties in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the Virgin Islands, Vermont, and with Democrats Abroad. Jarryd has worked executing many integral parts of State Party operations - including voter protection, fundraising, field, party affairs, and community engagement. He has also worked for the Connecticut Democratic Party, Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and advised local campaigns.
    Aside from his work, he is involved in community work with both the Queer and Jewish communities in New York City and in South Florida.

    Jarryd is a native of South Florida now based out of New York City, where he lives with his cat Julian. He holds a degree in Political Science and Biology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.