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DA Canada - Annual General Meeting + Candidate Statements

The DA Canada Annual General Meeting and Elections are coming up!

Join us at 2:00 PM EDT on Saturday, April 30, 2022 for the DA Canada AGM. We will meet online to celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers in 2021, share opportunities to help win the Midterm elections, hear from special speakers, announce the results of our 2022 Board vacancy elections, and take nominations from the floor for open positions, including the Executive Vice Chair position.

View the Candidate Statements below for several open Board member positions we will be electing. We will be taking nominations from the floor for Executive Vice Chair. If you are interested, you can view the position descriptions and call for nominations here. Email the Nominations and Elections Committee with any questions here: [email protected].

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Call for DA Canada Board Candidates!

The Democrats Abroad Canada Board is looking for you! 

The DA Canada Nominations & Elections Committee (NEC) is seeking nominations for officers to serve for a 2022-2023 term:

  • Country Chair/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Executive Vice Chair/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Two (2) Vice Chairs/DPCA Voting Representatives
  • Programs and Events Manager/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Two (2) Alternate Voting Representatives 

Learn more about these positions at this link. Get the details of how to self-nominate or nominate someone else here. You can also get more information on March 10 by RSVPing for our info session at this link.

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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!

Respectfully,

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

 


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.


DA Canada Candidates Forum ~ Your Opportunity to Question the Candidates

Meet the 2021-23 DA Canada Candidates

DemsAbroad Canada is electing its leadership for the 2021-23 term

Want to know more about a candidate and their hopes, ideas, and plans for DA Canada, DemsAbroad, and getting out the vote in 2022? Want to brainstorm and give your input directly to the candidates?

The Nominations & Elections Committee is hosting two Candidates’ Forums. The sessions will take place via Zoom.

Session #1: Sunday, April 11th  4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT [CLICK HERE to RSVP]

Session #2: Wednesday, April 14th 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT [CLICK HERE to RSVP]

Click here for the Candidate Statements

Ballots will go out on Sunday, April 11th and must be returned by Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 PM ET.

Thank you for your interest in DA Canada and the Democratic Party!

Best regards,
DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

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


Notice of Annual General Meeting + Candidate Statements

DemsAbroad Canada

Democrats Abroad Canada
Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting

The DA Canada Annual General Meeting and Elections are upon us!

Join us at 2:00 PM EDT on Sunday, May 2, 2021 for the Democrats Abroad Canada AGM. We will be meeting online this year to celebrate the accomplishments of DemsAbroad Canada volunteers in 2020, announcing the results of our 2021-23 Board elections, and taking nominations from the floor for open positions, if any occur.

Please CLICK HERE to view the Candidate Statements for the various Board member positions we will be electing.

We don’t anticipate accepting nominations from the floor during the virtual AGM as there are no open positions at this time. 

This year, voting will be taking place electronically, and the Nominations and Elections

Committee will circulate ballots in advance of the AGM. Keep an eye out in your email for your Ballot, which will be sent out by April 11, 2021.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM! And please be sure to vote when you receive your ballot.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE AGM

 

Best regards,

DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

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


Re-Opening Call for Nominations

Democrats Abroad Canada invites you to
nominate candidates for positions without nominees for the
2021 – 2023 Board of Directors

March 26, 2021

As announced earlier, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we will hold the election of our Democrats Abroad Canada officers and board members will take place Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Your online ballots will be emailed to you on April 11, 2021, with instructions on how to complete and submit the ballot by May 1, 2021.

On March 3, the Nominations & Elections Committee sent out a request for nominations for the 2021 - 2023 Board of Directions. At this time, the Nominations & Elections Committee is re-opening nominations for the following offices that currently have no nominees:

  • Country Chair

  • Executive Vice Chair (see note below)

  • IT Manager

  • Programs and Events Manager

Note: The Executive Vice Chair elected shall be a member who is of differing gender to the Chair, as per the by-laws of Democrats Abroad & Democrats Abroad Canada, and the rules of the Democratic National
Committee (DNC).

The Nominations & Elections Committee is re-opening nominations only for the four offices listed above which are currently without a nominee. We will not be accepting nominations for any other positions.

Per the DACA Bylaws, individuals elected to one of the above positions will also be considered elected as a DPCA Voting Representative.

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Nominations re-open with this mailing and will close at 12:00 NOON (ET) on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

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:  DACA Nominations, c/o H Burch, 6258 Lavery Court, Mississauga, ON L5N 3G2. Postal submissions must be received by 12:00 Noon ET, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

If nominating for Chair or Executive Vice Chair, please indicate if the nominee is male, female, or non-binary.

An accompanying 300-word (maximum) statement 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 member, a US citizen, a resident within the boundaries of Democrats Abroad Canada, 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.

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

CLICK HERE to complete a Nomination form

Best regards,

DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee
Larry Rousseau, Chair
Heidi Burch
Tim Ellis
Devbani Raha
Peter Tesche, Teller of Elections
John Yee, Technical Advisor


Results from DemsAbroad Canada Special Meeting Feb 28, 2021

On Feb. 28, 2021, a duly-noticed Special Meeting was held to announce the results of the ballot distributed to members on Jan. 28, 2021. Per the report submitted by Julie Buchanan, Teller of Elections, the results are:

Question #1: Should the proposed revisions to the Democrats Abroad Canada Bylaws submitted to the membership on January 28, 2021, be adopted?

Yes: 226
No: 6

The question, requiring two-thirds votes cast for approval, passes.

CLICK HERE for the approved Bylaws

Question #2: Per DACA Bylaws, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held by March 31st each year. To enable the Canada Nominations & Elections Committee the prescribed time to conduct the Canada elections based on the results announced at the Special Members Meeting on Feb. 28, 2021, should the date for the AGM be deferred to May 2, 2021?

Yes: 215
No: 17

The question, requiring two-thirds votes cast for approval, passes.

CLICK HERE for the detailed Teller of Elections report