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The Canada’s Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada is the official home for U.S. Democrats living in eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec. Our membership territory includes the communities of Ottawa, Gatineau, Chelsea, Wakefield, Petawawa, Stittsville, Lanark, Kingston, Chelsea, Bath, Kemptville, Almonte, Carleton Place, Cumberland, Cornwall, Morrisburg, and more.

Hundreds of American citizen 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 deliver the difference in close elections.

Go to today to register for your ballot.

The chapter is also a peer-group resource for U.S. citizens looking for help with taxes and passports, and even social gatherings.

Volunteers are always needed to help grow our base, to reach out to find new friends, and to help get out the vote.
Please contact us if you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad’s central missions: to help American citizens register to vote, and then to ensure they do!

David Schellenberg, Chapter Co-Chair
Rachel Eugster, Chapter Co-Chair
Democrats Abroad - Canada's Capital Region

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DA Canada's Capital Region Leadership:

David Schellenberg
| Canada's Capital Region Chapter Co-Chair | DPCA Voting Rep | Blue Vote Cafe co-host
Rachel Eugster
| Canada's Capital Region Chapter Co-Chair | DPCA Voting Rep | Blue Vote Cafe co-host
Lissette Wright
| DPCA Voting Rep, Canada | Proud GDC Member | Former Int'l Treasurer
Melanie Gardner
| Canada's Capital Region Member at Large / GSC Member At Large
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    Call for nominations for chapter leadership!

    The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for the officers who will lead the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad for the next two years. We will hold elections for two Chapter Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Volunteer and Membership Outreach Coordinator, and up to three Members-at-Large at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)  on April 20, 2021, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).  The meeting will be held online via Zoom. (Please watch your email for an announcement of the meeting, and a link to register.)

    Nominations close on March 5. Your online ballots will then be emailed to you on April 5 with instructions on how to complete and submit the ballot by April 19.

    The Co-Chairs elected shall be members of opposite gender or gender fluid/non-binary as per the by-laws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    Job descriptions for each office appear below.

    You have 3 options for submitting a nomination.

    - Complete the online nomination form by clicking here

    - Submit a nomination via email

    - Submit a nomination via Canada Post

    Submissions via email may be sent to [email protected]. You can also mail your nomination(s) to:  DAC Capital Chapter Nominations, c/o 323 Knox Crescent, Ottawa, K1G 0K9. 

    An accompanying letter supporting your nominee, or yourself if you are self-nominating, is requested.  It needs to describe skills and experience pertinent to the position (or office) for which you or your nominee is running. A nominee must be a Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region member, a US citizen, a resident within the boundaries of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter, and willing and able to handle duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States. A nominee must give their consent to stand for election.

    As a chapter officer you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually.

    We greatly appreciate your assistance and look forward to receiving your nominations.

    Best regards,Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region Chapter Nominations & Election Committee

    Nanci Burns
    Carolyn Farquhar
    Tobias Maxwell

    Chapter Chair*

    The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all General Meetings, Special Meetings, and Executive Committee Meetings of the chapter.

    The Chapter Chair shall have Membership responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the chapter and for execution of all activities approved and undertaken by the Chapter. The Chapter Chair may appoint such ad hoc committees as are necessary for the execution of the activities of the chapter.

    The Chapter Chair shall be a voting member of the DA Canada board as Chapter Representative and is responsible for enacting policies as determined by Democrats Abroad Canada (DACA).

    Chapter Vice Chair*

    In the absence of the Chapter Chair, the Chapter Vice Chair shall call and preside at meetings of chapter members and/or officers.

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall have such other duties as chairing one or more committees, depending on their experience and preferences.

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall work with the Chapter Chair to ensure all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the Organization are supervised and executed appropriately.

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall be of a different sex to the Chapter Chair (or non-binary), as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

    * Where a chapter customarily elects two co-chairs, these duties and voting privileges are shared between them.  

    Chapter Secretary

    The Chapter Secretary shall distribute required meeting notices, and attend and produce minutes for all chapter meetings. The Chapter Secretary shall maintain all files and administrative records of the chapter in the global wiki per DACA direction. All such records shall be open for inspection by members. Minutes of all meetings shall be approved by those in attendance at the next such meeting (i.e., of the chapter or of its executive).

    The Chapter Secretary shall schedule all meetings. In the case of absence of the Chapter Secretary, the Chapter Chair or Vice Chair (or one of the Co-Chairs) shall designate to another Officer the responsibility to attend and produce the minutes.

    Volunteer and Membership Outreach Coordinator

    The Membership Outreach Coordinator is responsible for welcoming new members, for helping members feel involved, and for recruiting volunteers for specific tasks when required, while using best practices to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy.

    Chapter Treasurer

    The Chapter Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and maintain its financial records per DACA direction. The Chapter Treasurer reports to the chapter Executive and to chapter members, and makes and maintains such financial reports as may be required by DACA. All such records shall be open for inspection by members.

    The Chapter Treasurer shall prepare and present to the AGM of the chapter a Statement of Income and Expenses and a Balance Sheet based on a fiscal year ending December 31.


    Chapter Members-at-Large represent the broader membership and bring to the Organization special gifts and talents, which complement those of the other elected officials on the Board (for example, French Language Media Spokesperson).

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    Canada's Capital Region Hosts a Virtual Cocktail Party on the Third Tuesday of Every Month

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad has held a Third Tuesday virtual cocktail party. A decided silver lining to the fact that we cannot currently gather in person has been that members throughout our far-flung area have been able to participate in chapter events, some for the first time.

    We try to post an event listing for each event, and hope that you will rsvp to give us a sense of how many people may attend. Note that while we meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on the map.

    To avoid the intrusion of uninvited guests, we will email the log-in information to chapter members on the day of the event. If you don't get chapter emails, you can request this info by email. However, we recommend that you opt in to receiving mail from your local chapter, at least between now and November 3! DA has  recently added a feature that will allow you to choose what kinds of email to receive (chapter, regional. global).

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 6 rsvps

    Please join us for Canada's Capital Region's Annual General Meeting (and officer elections)

    Please join us at 7:30 p.m. for our Annual General Meeting, and to elect our chapter officers for the next two years. All offices are up for election this year, including two co-chairs, secretary, treasurer, and at least three members at large. Your ballot will arrive in your inbox at least 24 hours before the meeting. Please vote!

    We are very excited to announce that Democrats Abroad's International Chair, Candice Kerestan will be joining us online from her home in Germany as our special guest speaker. Candice is the youngest currently serving Democratic state party chair, and the second youngest in Democratic Party history. She is also the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Council. In her role as DA International Chair, Candice 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 2024. We know you will enjoy hearing from her.

    To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP below. Your reservation confirmation will include the link to join the meeting. (While we do meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on DA's Events map.)