DemsAbroad Canada in action

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American Democrats living in Canada!

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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 Randi Weitzner, 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.

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DA Canada Leadership:

Randi Weitzner
| Canada Country Chair / Chair, Quebec / DPCA Voting Representative
Richard Pearson
| Canada Executive Vice Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Erin Kotecki Vest
| Canada Co-Vice Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Melanie Gardner
| Canada Co-Vice Chair / DPCA Voting Representative / Canada's Capital Region Member at Large
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  • News

    Announcing the DemsAbroad Canada 2021 - '23 Leadership Team

    DemsAbroad Canada

    The Democrats Abroad Canada Annual General Meeting was held on May 2, 2021, which included members electing the 2021 - 2023 Canada Leadership team.

    Our tremendous gratitude to every candidate who put themselves forward to prepare the country committee for the 2022 midterms, and to every member who engaged in the election process including voting.

    Congratulations to the DA Canada 2021-'23 Leadership!


    DA Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

    Larry Rousseau, Chair
    Heidi Burch
    Tim Ellis
    Devbani Raha
    Peter Tesche, Teller of Elections
    John Yee, Technical Advisor

    Office Elected
    Country Chair +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Randi Weitzner
    Country Executive Vice Chair +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Richard Pearson
    Co-Vice Chairs +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Melanie Gardner
    Erin Kotecki Vest
    Secretary +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Susan Alksnis
    Treasurer +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Tim Smith
    Counsel +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Stephanie Hart
    Membership Secretary +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Susan Brennan
    IT Manager +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Jessica David
    Volunteer Manager +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Joann Sochor
    Programs & Events Manager +
    DPCA Voting Representative
    Danielle Stampley
    DPCA Voting Representatives

    Julie Buchanan

    Samuel Drory

    Rachel Eugster

    Giles Hogya

    Brent Jamsa

    David Mivasair

    Robert Petrusa

    Darius Pruss

    David Schellenberg

    Kenneth Sherman

    Ed Ungar

    Lissette Wright

    Non-Voting Alternate
    DPCA Voting Representatives

    Heather Paterson
    Michael Breshgold


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    The Basics of Cross-Border Taxes for Americans Abroad

    On behalf of Democrats Abroad Canada, we thank those who attended our webinar “The Basics of Cross-Border Taxes for Americans Abroad”, presented March 28th by Max Reed and Polaris Tax Counsel. We hope you found the information beneficial.

    This posting is to share with you links for the webinar audio recording and presentation deck, plus other useful information.

    AUDIO only of DACA and Polaris Tax Webinar March 2021

    PDF Presentation of DACA and Polaris Tax Webinar March 2021

    If you’re in need of a certified U.S. tax return preparer, please visit this link from American Citizens Abroad. Contact details for Max Reed are in the presentation deck.

    Democrats Abroad has advocated on behalf of our members for decades on the issues of taxation, which we continue to do through these challenging times. To receive updates on the work of our Global Taxation Task Force visit this page to subscribe.

    As a 100% volunteer, self-funded organization, Democrats Abroad is grateful for your generous support.

    Thanks to those who participated  - we look forward to you joining us on future webinars.

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 51 rsvps


    Steele webinar

    For October's Third Tuesday gathering, please join fellow members of the Canada's Capital Region chapter for:

    A CanAmerican Cautionary Tale: Investing Pitfalls Facing Americans Living in Canada.

    This webinar will address:

    • Tax consequences of TFSAs, RESPs, and RDSPs
    • How to deal with your IRA
    • Changes to consider under Biden
    • Common investing traps for Americans residing in Canada
    • Cross-border income planning

    Steele Wealth Management is an 8-person team founded in 1998 to focus on cross-border wealth management, tax and estate planning, and insurance for dual citizens. Laura and Sam are licensed in both Canada and the US to provide advice for accounts such as RRSPs, TFSAs, IRAs, 401(k)s, pension plans, and other investment accounts held by both Canadians and Americans.

    Please RSVP below. Note that the Zoom link will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email, along with an invitation to submit a question.
    (While we do indeed meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on DA's Events map.)

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 40 rsvps

    Speaker Series: DA Canada and Dr. Colleen McNicholas

    Join Democrats Abroad Canada at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT/9 pm AT on October 19, 2021 for a talk with Dr. Colleen McNicholas, the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. Planned Parenthood is the sole abortion provider in the state of Missouri, though state officials have tried hard to shut it down.

    A reproductive health expert with more than 10 years of experience as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. McNicholas will speak about the attacks on reproductive health access taking place in the U.S. and their impact on health outcomes.  She will also discuss the important ways in which we as citizens can take action. As she knows from experience, participation in local elections is key to protecting access to reproductive health care.

    This event is jointly sponsored by Democrats Abroad Canada and the Democrats Abroad Women's Caucus. All are welcome.

    Dr. McNicholas is the first speaker in a pivotal series of talks Democrats Abroad Canada is presenting starting this fall and leading up to the 2022 midterms.  Focused on the theme Our Democracy:  Past, Present and Future, these talks will help us learn more about our history and what we can do to improve participation and get the results we want.