Lights for Liberty Vigil

Thanks to DA Vancouver member Melek Ortabasi and her partner Cliff Ng for organizing the Lights For Liberty vigil up at SFU's Richard Bolton Park. The road closure made it a bit difficult to find but we had 35-40 stalwarts.
Our message is clear: Close the detention camps. Treat asylum seekers with dignity. Recognize the valuable contributions of refugees and illegal immigrants to American society and the military.
#LightsForLiberty #CloseTheCamps #DemocratsAbroad #DAResists


US Tax Seminar in Vancouver, March 9 at 11 a.m.

JPS Financial Services will present their popular US Tax Seminar on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. This year is a "must attend" - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed US tax law in 2018.

Major changes include a standard deduction that has practically doubled but also includes elimination of personal exemption amounts and important changes you'll want to know if you itemize deductions.

This Seminar is critical for US citizens in Canada who would like a comprehensive overview for filing US taxes and informational forms for the 2018 tax year.

Topics to be covered include:

     - TCJA changes taking affect for the 2018 tax year

     - Who needs to be aware of US tax compliance

     - Tax basics for US Citizens in Canada

     - Common scenarios and forms that need to be filed

     - Estates and Gifts

Join us at Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries, Vancouver, V5P 3A2. Cost of the seminar is $20 -- and you must register in advance.

Buy tickets at or mail a $20 cheque of money order made out to "Democrats Abroad Vancouver" to JPS Financial Services, 205 - 2248 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2B2.

Very sorry, no "at the door" registrations accepted at this event because handouts will be pre-printed for participants.

DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting Upcoming on January 26

Please mark down Saturday, January 26, 2019, on your calendar and come out to the DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting at the Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver, BC, V5P 3A2 (near Knight & 35th). The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Refreshments will be served (in case you need more inspiration to come).

Please bring your ideas about how we can get more ex-pat Americans to register and vote in the 2020 US election.

Democrats Abroad 2017 Non-Resident US Taxpayer Research Project

We invite Americans living outside the US to submit their experiences of being a US taxpayer filing from abroad.

Democrats Abroad has invested a great deal of time making Congress aware of the issues we as non-resident taxpayers face filing from abroad - the complexity of the forms; the cost of preparing reports and filings (even when no taxes are owed); the stress of preparing accurate filings to declare overseas income and accounts given the penalties for filing errors; the tax code provisions that result in the double or punitive taxation of foreign source income; etc.

We will use the submissions to this survey to provide further data and testimony of our experiences to help us advocate for important reforms to the US tax code.

Thank you for taking the time to prepare your submission and for your support for Democrats Abroad's tax advocacy work. 

Click here to submit your experience

If you'd like to join our campaign to fight for RBT, visit And if you are not a member of DA, please consider joining at


Democrats Abroad Vancouver AGM Election Results

The Vancouver NEC is pleased to announce the results of the election held on May 6, 2017 at the Vancouver AGM. We apologize for the delay. Thank you to everyone who stood for election, and congratulations to the following:

Chair: Susan Brennan

Vice-Chair: Robert J. Petrusa

Treasurer: Pat Fournier

Chapter Secretary: Lissa Robertson

Communications Secretary: Julie Boton

Development & Community Outreach: David Mivasair

Policy Secretary: Tara Ryan

Full election results can be viewed at this link.

Draft AGM Minutes can be viewed at this link.

Questions, or challenges (due by June 5th), should be directed to [email protected] 

Democratically Yours,

DA Vancouver Nominations & Elections Committee

Michael Meneer
Seth Lauer
Kate Ellison


Americans in the Lower Mainland, along with their Canadian friends, will have a choice of three venues on Monday September 26 to watch the First US Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, hosted by Democrats Abroad. This much-anticipated event is expected to draw record turnouts as the two candidates meet face to face for the first time. The stark differences in strategies, positions, expertise and competence will be in full view.

Democrats Abroad’s widespread constituency will have a choice of three convenient locations. The marquee event will be Steamworks at Waterfront station, a major transit hub with a fantastic view of the harbor, and a great menu. Additionally we will meet at the Lounge at Pacific Inn for the many who live in the South Surrey/White Rock area, and at Cedar Cottage Pub in east Vancouver. 

Most crucial:  Democrats Abroad will have voter registration available onsite for those voters who have not yet registered. The US election is less than 6 weeks away, and the world is holding its breath. What will Americans do? Democrats Abroad is reaching out to all overseas Americans to ensure they receive their ballots by registering, either in person at one of the venues, or online at


Marquee Event: Steamworks Pub – 375 Water Street - The Landing at Waterfront Station - downtown Vancouver

Satellite events:

Cedar Cottage Neighborhood Pub 3728 Clark Drive, Vancouver
The Lounge at Pacific Inn 1160 King George Hwy, Surrey

All doors open at 5:30


Welcome to Democrats Abroad Vancouver!

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For all media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Phillips, Chapter Chair or +1 877-336-2008

DA Vancouver (DA-V) is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada. We are helping US citizens living in British Columbia register to vote for US elections and keeping them informed on important issues. We have a wonderfully active community of enthusiastic voters, members, and volunteers. And we're always looking for more. If you're interested in getting involved and putting your skills to good use, reach out to us. We're always looking for dedicated volunteers.

Hundreds of volunteers across Canada are working to educate all eligible U.S. voters on their right to vote and how to get their ballots to vote in every election. That includes Canadians who were born in the U.S. and those born in Canada to an American parent(s), who therefore have the right to vote. Americans living in Canada CAN and DO deliver the difference in close elections.

Go to today to register for your ballot – every year.

Past DA-V events include the Women's Marches and March for Our Lives at Jack Poole Plaza, Fourth of July picnics, Thanksgiving dinners, US tax seminars, voter registration events, and pub nights. Check our Events and News pages for information and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay informed on upcoming events, voter information, and the latest news impacting Americans living abroad. 

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

Democratically yours,

Jennifer Phillips, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Vancouver

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