National Capital Region


The National Capital Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada is the official home US Democrats living in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.  The chapter includes the communities of Ottawa, Gatineau, Petawawa, Stittsville, Lanark, Kingston, Chelsea, Bath, Kemptville, Almonte, Carleton Place and many more. 

We are all working together to ensure that all eligible US voters get their ballots to vote in every election.  That includes Canadians who were born in the US and therefore have the right to vote.

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

Volunteers are always needed to help grow our base and to reach out to find new friends.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad.

David Schellenberg, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - NCR

DA National Capital Region Leadership:

Lissette Wright
| International Treasurer, Democrats Abroad | Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Canada
David Schellenberg
| National Capital Region Chapter Chair
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    New Democrats Abroad Chapter Leadership Elected in Ottawa

    Members of the Democrats Abroad Canada Chapter in the National Capital Region elected New Chapter Leadership on June 26, 2019.

    2019-2021 National Capital Region Chapter Board* elected by acclamation!

    Chapter Chair: David Schellenberg

    Chapter Vice-Chair: Rachel Eugster

    Chapter Secretary: John Klenk

    Chapter Member-at-Large/French Media Contact: Larry Rouseau**

    [*] No further nominations were received or heard for the following Chapter Officer positions: Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator.

    [**] Larry Rousseau resigned in good faith from his position as Chapter NEC Teller of Elections. There being no nominations for Member-at-Large/French Media Contact, Larry was nominated from the floor. Without further nominations, Larry accepted the nomination and was therefore acclaimed to the position of Member-at-Large/French Media Contact.

    The membership is informed that any member of the Democrats Abroad Canada - National Capital Region Chapter who wishes to challenge any election result may do so by submitting an email to Lissette Wright, Chapter NEC Chair. All challenges must be submitted by July 26, 2019. 


    Respectfully submitted by Lissette Wright, Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee [NEC] of the National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada.

    P.S.  Know anyone else that would like to volunteer for Democrats Abroad in the Ottawa areaClick here and invite them to our next Presidential Primary Debate Viewing!


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    National Capital Region Chapter AGM, Elections and Primary Debate Viewing on June 26

    Please join us to welcome the 2019-2021 National Capital Region Chapter Board of Democrats Abroad Canada to be acclaimed if officer positions remain uncontested:

    Candidate for Chapter Chair and Member at Large/English Media Contact: David Schellenberg
    Chapter Chair 2017-2019 | DPCA Voting Representative for Democrats Abroad Canada | Together we win! | | Votes in Iowa.

    Candidate for Chapter Vice-Chair: Rachel Eugster 
    Born in Washington, D.C., Rachel Eugster has lived in and voted from Baltimore, Maryland; Sperryville, Virginia; and (currently) Boston, Massachusetts.  A resident of Ottawa for the past 20+ years and a naturalized Canadian citizen, Rachel has not yet lived in Canada for as long as she lived in the U.S.  Rachel has been an active member of Democrats Abroad since early 2008, and previously served as an ExCom advisory member for the National Capital Chapter.  Having been elected as a DPCA Voting Representative for DA Canada this past March, Rachel participated in her first Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Washington, D.C., in May 2019.  Prior to that, she and her husband drove across the border into upstate New York in November 2018, and spent a few days leading up to the U.S. midterms helping to get out the vote for Anthony Brindisi in his ultimately successful quest to turn a red seat blue (NY-22).  Rachel is active as a volunteer and in local Canadian politics, while maintaining a very busy “patchwork” career as a performer, director, writer, and editor. | | Votes in Massachusetts. 

    Candidate for Chapter Secretary: John Klenk
    Chapter Secretary 2017-2019 | John Klenk feels he can provide assistance based on his professional work experience, specifically leading seminars and training sessions in the past. John was born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, came to Canada to attend the University of Ottawa and have called Ottawa home for 11 years. John is proud to be American born and raised, and feels strongly about his right to remain politically active no matter where he may live in the world. | Votes in Pennsylvania.

    The Chapter NEC did not receive any nominations for the following Chapter Officers: Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator and Member at Large/French Media Contact.

    Additional Chapter Board positions remain open [click here for job descriptions]. You will have an opportunity to make floor nominations for all officer positions and vote in person!

    DATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    TIME: 7:30 PM for Chapter AGM

    TIME: 9:00 PM for Night One of Presidential Primary Debate Viewing

    PLACE: The Heart & Crown in the Byward Market, in The Black Rose room, 67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5.


    Democratically Yours,
    Lissette Wright, NEC Chair
    Larry Rousseau, NEC Teller of Elections
    National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada
    Nominations & Elections Committee

    P.S.  Know anyone else that would like to volunteer for Democrats Abroad in the Ottawa area?  Invite them to this meeting!

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