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Chapter Spotlight: Vancouver brings them in

Close to 80,000 Americans live in Vancouver, and Susan Brennan, chair for DA’s Vancouver chapter and membership chair for DA Canada, is determined to reach every one of them. “We Americans do seem to find each other,” she says with a laugh. “I think we’re more assertive, especially Americans who leave the U.S. and live elsewhere. Maybe it’s a pioneering spirit.”

The Vancouver chapter got its formal start in 2008 when DA held its global meeting in the city. Early leadership crafted by-laws and constitution, a structure that now supports almost 3,700 members, the second largest chapter after Toronto. The growth was slow and steady, before a sharp uptick in 2016. “In 2012 we had 30 people vote in our Global Presidential Primary,” says Brennan, adding this was the year she got actively involved. “In 2016, that number jumped to 125.” The 2018 mid-terms brought in 100 people to watch the returns, many of whom have now become members and active volunteers.

Brennan and her board have kept the events coming: In 2018 they set up a voter registration table in front of Trump Tower. They’ve taken advantage of public-speaking events with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. They break out hotdogs for Fourth of July picnics, turkey and fixings for Thanksgiving dinners. This season’s Democratic debates have brought out 153 “unique” people, with debate-watch venues in Downtown Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, and Surrey. Plans are already in the works for hosting Kitchen Table conversations to help mold DA’s 2020 platform. Brennan has her eye on recruiting Darius Pruss, member-at-large for DA Canada and member of the Vancouver’s board as well, to head these up. “He’s a policy wonk,” she says. “He’s really good.”

The future is where it’s at for Brennan and her chapter. The goal? More, she says simply. More events, “more people stepping forward.” She’s proud of her board and grateful for how they came together this past year when her husband was being treated for cancer. “We’d just opened our store,” she explains. (The couple own a comic-books and collectibles store called Nifty Keen Stuff.) “I was trying to work, take care of him and run the chapter.” The support of DA members made it all possible.

What also keeps Brennan going is the thought of all those Americans in her part of Canada. “There are a lot of people out there who could vote and don’t,” she says. This chapter is doing its best to find them.

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Victoria DA member finds his voice on CallHub

As an audiologist, Michael Stevenson is used to listening to people. Since moving to Victoria from Washington in 2007 and joining DA’s Victoria chapter, he’s had ample opportunity to put his listening skills to use. “I was drawn to phone banking because of the time flexibility in making calls and the efficiency of working from home,” says Stevenson, who is consistently the Canadian top caller for CallHub. “I’ve enjoyed being able to call in the morning, afternoon or evening, depending what works for my schedule.” He admitted feeling uncertain at first about how well the program worked, “but those fears were quickly allayed. Training was provided and resources were available when needed. CallHub provides basic contact information, history of calls and ease in updating contact information or requesting follow-up services.”

But what he likes most about phone banking is how much people appreciate talking to someone from Democrats Abroad. “I’ve talked to Americans living in over 50 countries who were [already] registered or wanting to register in their home state. It’s certainly highlighted for me how many Americans live abroad and how important it is they maintain their right to vote.” Stevenson’s personal goal for 2020 is to focus on the climate crisis and to increase informed, active voter participation “to give Democrats the power to protect our democracy and courts.” One call at a time.

(Stay tuned for more information on how to join phone bankers like Michael in the coming critical months.)

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Push for ERA: Virginia voters could take it over the top

Count them: 4,764 postcards signed and sent by Democrats Abroad to Virginia voters in a push to (finally) ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. With all positions in the Virginia House and Senate up for election on November 5, it’s an opportunity to flip two Republican-held seats. Virginia House chair Kirk Cox, in fact, has made it his business to block passage of the ERA for the past several years. “It would be a pleasure for us to help kick him out,” says Shari Temple, DA Global IT Team chair, who worked with VAratifyERA to spearhead DA’s postcard-writing campaign in September. With 58 Dems Abroad volunteers and teams working around the globe, more than 2,700 cards were posted to Cox’s district, another 2,000-plus sent to Republican Chris Jones’ district. “The original goal was to do 2,000 and we overachieved that!” says Temple. (DA Canada members signed and posted 800 of those cards, with 400 sent by the Hamilton/Burlington chapter alone.) If Democrats replace Republicans in both districts, “there’s a high probability that Virginia will become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” Temple explains.

Many think the ERA passed long ago, that it was a “seventies thing.” In fact, according to a New York Times piece published earlier this year, 80 percent of Americans “mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal protection under the United States Constitution.” But the only right the Constitution explicitly extends to women is the right to vote. While Congress passed the ERA in 1973, it then had to be ratified by three-quarters (numbering 38) of the states. Thanks to Phyllis Schlafly, a Republican anti-feminist, the amendment was derailed 45 years ago. But supporters never gave up hope that it would eventually become an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Now Virginia voters are poised to take it over the top, with DA members around the world giving it an extra little push.

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Thank you for your calls on UPU!

Last week DemsAbroad Canada encouraged Americans to contact their Representatives and Senators to voice their concern for the potential of the U.S. to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union. We are pleased that the member countries were able to reach an agreement yesterday. We thank every American who contacted their Representatives and Senators on this important issue!

Below is a statement from Democrats Abroad on the Universal Postal Union

"Democrats Abroad is relieved that the US has agreed to stay in the Universal Postal Union, but we remain vigilant,” said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We will closely follow the situation as postal rate changes are announced. Due to the uncertainty of the impact of these price increases, we strongly encourage all US states to provide secure online ballot delivery options for their voters living outside the States."

The 192 country members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have worked together to create a consensus solution designed to keep the US within the Union, and postal mail continuing to flow around the world. The compromise, named Option V for victory, includes phased in self-declared postal rates for larger member countries. United States representatives have stated that they will accept this option, thus maintaining postal service between the US and all other countries within the UPU. The impact on mailing to and from the US is not yet clear, as these rates have not yet been declared and will not be rolled out until the end of June next year.

In 2018, 67% of American voters abroad returned their ballots via postal mail, and nearly two in three were civilian voters. Democrats Abroad supported the majority of these voters through its ballot request tool (votefromabroad.org), phone banking outreach, and online help desk.

Bryan further stated, “Our voter protection team will continue monitoring voting abroad actions in every US state to ensure that we are ready to sound the alarm and stop GOP leaders when they purge voter rolls, attempt to block Americans from accessing voter information from abroad, or use other means to limit our access to the ballot box.”

Democrats Abroad encourages all Americans abroad to register and request your ballot early every year, to use electronic delivery options if they're available, and to monitor your ballot status to be sure your vote is counted. Voters with questions or issues to report should reach out to gotv@democratsabroad.org.

September 25, 2019

More information on the UPU agreement: http://news.upu.int/no_cache/nd/upu-member-countries-reach-unanimous-agreement-on-postal-remuneration-rates/


An assault on our rights as voters living outside the US is about to occur - we need your help!

The Trump administration is attacking voting rights again - this time the rights of Americans abroad - through their plans to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union on October 16th. If the withdrawal goes forward, postal mail service to the United States will be thrown into disarray and the USPS expects postal service to and from the States to be massively disrupted.

This action will hit voters from abroad hard. Beyond the widespread, unprecedented disruption to personal, business and financial affairs that the withdrawal will create, voters abroad will not be able to return their ballots or ballot requests by standard postal mail.

Just consider - in 2018, 67% of ballots from abroad were returned by postal mail.

For more information on the impact of oppressing the overseas vote please read this post from DemList.com.

Call your Senators and your Representative and demand that they pressure the Trump administration to stop this nonsense now.

  • Demand they push for the Trump administration to allow the uninterrupted flow of overseas mail to the US
  • Remind them that your ability to vote depends on being able to get your overseas ballot back to the US on time, and that goes for everyone voting abroad in every state and district across the country.
  • Consider including a personal story of your experience returning your overseas ballot, or other ways you depend on sending and receiving mail to and from the US.

Contact your governor and state legislators and ask them to step up to preserve your right to vote from abroad.

Whether you’re voting for President or town council members, the rules that determine how you can request, receive and return your ballot are decided at the state level. State legislation can make it harder for you to vote from abroad, or it can create a path around the mess that will be made by the Postal Union withdrawal.

1. Use this guide from Vote From Abroad to look up your state’s ballot delivery methods.

2a. If your state requires ballot requests and/or returns be sent by mail (and not email/online submission), contact your governor and state legislators.

  • Ask that they push for legislation in 2020 which allows their military and civilians abroad to submit their absentee ballot requests (aka “FPCAs”) and overseas ballots by email or online submission.

2b. If your state allows ballot requests and/or returns to be done online or via email, consider letting your governor and state legislators know how much you appreciate these essential, modern solutions which ensure that you can easily and securely request and return your ballot. In order for these options to be maintained, it’s helpful for them to know why it matters to you!

Protect your right to vote!

  • If you aren’t registered to vote yet and will vote in any of these states, register to vote as an overseas voter NOW -- before the UPU withdrawal.

Go to www.votefromabroad.org and click “start” to fill out your voter registration form and overseas absentee ballot request. Then mail it in ASAP.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Idaho
  6. New Jersey
  7. New York
  8. Oregon
  9. Rhode Island
  10. South Dakota
  11. West Virginia
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Wyoming

Democratically yours,

Steve Nardi
Chair, Democrats Abroad Canada

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Webinar: Operating a Canadian business as a US citizen Sunday April 28, 2019

Democrats Abroad Canada is pleased to bring back our U.S. Tax Webinars for members. These webinars fill up quickly, so please register to attend today!

Operating a Canadian business as a US citizen

The Trump tax reforms made entirely changed the tax reforms around operating a business as a US taxpayer resident in Canada. This webinar will provide an overview of those changes and examine strategies for dealing with the complexity as a Canadian resident US citizen who wants to incorporate. Incorporation can still provide significant tax benefits — even for those with double tax exposure. Specifically, the webinar will cover at a high level:

  • Tax benefits of incorporation
  • The US repatriation tax and strategies for offsetting it;
  • The US GILTI rules and strategies to mitigate them;
  • Other tax planning ideas for incorporated business owners.

Sunday, April 28, 2019
3:00 P.M. Eastern / 12:00 P.M. Pacific
Duration: 90 minutes

This is an online webinar session and advance registration is required. Register by clicking here and we will follow up with WebEx installation/user/meeting information. Hope to "see" you there!

About the presenter

Max Reed is a cross-border tax lawyer at SKL tax in Vancouver where he focuses on tax strategies for those with tax issues that span the Canada-US border. Specifically, he has written a number of articles addressing the taxation of US citizen business owners who reside in Canada. SKL Tax has been helping people with double tax exposure for over 40 years.


Watch for our email invitation to attend US Personal Tax Webinar on May 26th.

Questions? email exec-vice-chair@democratsabroad.ca


DemsAbroad Canada 2019 Election Results

The DA Canada Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to provide the results of the 2019 Annual General Meeting & Election.

Chair: Steve Nardi

Executive Vice-Chair: Julie Buchanan

Vice-Chairs (2): Marnelle Dragila & Ed Ungar

Secretary: Sue Alksnis

Treasurer: Lissette Wright

Membership Secretary: Susan Brennan

IT Manager: Tim Smith

Counsel: Danielle Stampley

Members-at-Large (3): Sofia Misenheimer, Darius Pruss, and Chris Shaw

DPCA Voting Representatives DemsAbroad Canada is allocated and expected to elect 24 Voting Representatives. In accordance with Article 15 of DA Canada Bylaws we achieved sex parity by electing 12 female and 12 male Voting Representatives.

Steve Nardi

Julie Buchanan

Ed Ungar

Marnelle Dragila

Tim Smith

Sue Alksnis

Darius Pruss

Lissette Wright

Chris Shaw

Susan Brennan

Louis DeLamarter

Danielle Stampley

David Hoyt

Sofia Misenheimer

J David Markham

Gena Brumitt

David Mivasair

Heidi Burch

Robert J Petrusa

Rachel Eugster

Engin Polar

Tracy Hudson

Kenneth Sherman

Denise Roig

In addition, the Proposed Bylaw Amendments were approved by the required two-thirds (2/3) majority.

Here are the complete vote results:

* = ACCLAIMED

Office + DPCA Voting Representative

Name

Country Chair

Steve Nardi*

Executive Vice Chair

Julie Buchanan*

Vice Chair

Marnelle Dragila*

Vice Chair

Ed Ungar*

Secretary

Sue Alksnis*

Treasurer

Lissette Wright*

Membership Secretary

Susan Brennan*

Counsel

Danielle Stampley*

IT Manager

Tim Smith*

Member-at-Large

# of votes

DeLamarter, Louis [M]

25

Misenheimer, Sofia [F]

101

Mivasair, David [M]

57

Pruss, Darius [M]

64

Shaw, Chris [M]

59

DPCA Voting Reps [Female]

# of votes

Brumitt, Gena

69

Burch, Heidi

72

Busch, Earlene

45

Castillo, Ivelisse

44

Eugster, Rachel

75

Hudson, Tracy

78

Roig, Denise

54

Schneiderman, Heidi

Withdrawn

Scott, Brook

53

DPCA Voting Reps [Male]

# of votes

DeLamarter, Louis

Acclaimed

Markham, J David

Acclaimed

Mivasair, David

Acclaimed

Petrusa, Robert J

Acclaimed

Polar, Engin

Acclaimed

Sherman, Kenneth

Acclaimed

DPCA Voting Reps [Male]

# of votes

Hoyt, David

13

Schellenberg, David

7

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Yays

Nays

Should proposed amendment 4.1 be adopted?

109

7

Should proposed amendment 6.2 be adopted?

103

13

Should proposed amendment 6.4 be adopted?

111

8

Should Article 12 be renamed Article 11

118

2

Should Article 11 be renamed Article 12?

117

3

Should proposed amendment 18.3 be adopted?

111

5

Should proposed amendment 19.6 be adopted?

114

4

Should proposed amendment 20.1 be adopted?

117

2

A copy of the most recently approved DA Canada Bylaws can be downloaded by clicking here.

The membership is informed that any member of DA Canada who wishes to challenge any election result may do so by submitting an email to Bodil Geyer, Chair of the NEC, at: bodil.geyer@swimrecruiting.com. All challenges must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

The Teller of Elections tabulated the results of the 127 electronic valid ballots cast. (Out of the 134 ballots submitted, 7 were spoiled and not included in the results). 20 in-person valid ballots were cast for nominations from the floor where needed. Any questions about vote tallies may be directed to the Teller of Elections at: nominations@democratsabroad.ca

With highest regards,

DA Canada Nominations and Election Committee

Bodil Geyer, NEC Chair [Vancouver, BC]
Starla Goggins [Toronto, ON]
Randi Weitzner, NEC Teller of Elections [Montreal, QC]

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Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting & Election & Bylaws Amendments

                 The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada invites you to attend your
                                             Annual General Meeting

WHAT?

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

PURPOSE?

To inform you about 2018 activities and the accomplishments of your country committee + amendments to the Bylaws + election of the DA Canada Board Members for the 2019-21 term.

The AGM agenda and registration link will follow at a later date.

WHEN?

Sunday

31 March 2019

2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time

WHERE?

Via WebEx and possibly in-person at some chapters. Look for announcements from your chapter or contact your local chapter chair. Address all other enquiries to Chair, Democrats Abroad Canada: chair@democratsabroad.ca

WHO?

All Members of Democrats Abroad Canada

HOW?

For Members not yet signed up to WebEx, the video conferencing system used by Democrats Abroad, you will receive information at a later date for a WebEx tutorial and for downloading the necessary software. WebEx has a total capacity of 200 participants so space online is limited.

MORE ELECTION INFORMATION

The electronic ballots will be emailed to members on March 16th. Submit your completed ballot by 11:59PM EDT March 30th. To vote you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59PM EDT March 3, 2019, you must be a member of DACA, a US citizen of voting age and a resident of Canada.

The Nominations & Elections Committee for Democrats Abroad Canada is proud to release the slate of candidates for election to the 2019-21 term.

Ballots will be distributed March 16th to active members of Democrats Abroad Canada registered as of March 3, 2019. Election results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT. The link to RSVP to attend the AGM will be distributed with your ballot.

Candidate statements may be viewed at this link

Chair

Steve Nardi

Executive Vice Chair

Julie Buchanan

Vice Chair
(2 to be elected)

Marnelle Dragilla

Ed Ungar

Treasurer

Lissette Wright

Secretary

Susan Alksnis

IT Manager

None

Counsel

Danielle Stampley

Membership Secretary

Susan Brennan

Member-at-Large
(3 to be elected)

Louis DeLamarter

Sofia Misenheimer

David Mivasair

Darius Pruss

Chris Shaw

DPCA Voting Representatives
(24 to be elected)

The first 12 DPCA Voting Rep positions will be filled by those elected to the positions from the slate above. Anyone whose name appears above as a candidate for a board seat who is elected will have their name removed from the slate on the right. The remaining 12 will then be elected from the remaining DPCA Voting Rep slate, following Article 15 of DA Canada Bylaws establishing a balance of sexes on the board.

Female slate:

Gena Brummitt

Heidi Burch

Earlene Busch

Ivelisse Castillo

Rachel Eugster

Tracy Hudson

Denise Roig

Heidi Schneiderman

Brooke Scott

Male slate:

Louis DeLamarter

J. David Markham

David Mivasair

Robert J Petrusa

Engin Polar

Darius Pruss

Chris Shaw

Kenneth Sherman

Democratically yours,

DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

 

Bodil Geyer, NEC Chair [Vancouver, BC]
Starla Goggins [Toronto, ON]
Randi Weitzner, NEC Teller of Elections [Montreal, QC]


Notice of Proposed Bylaw Amendments

The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada has approved the following proposed Bylaw Amendments to be decided by the membership. Most of the proposed amendments are a change of one word in order to have the Canada Bylaws to be in sync with the recently passed Article 15, and the DPCA Charter.

ELECTION INFORMATION

The electronic ballots will be emailed to members on March 16th. Submit your completed ballot by 11:59PM EDT March 30th. To vote you must have joined Democrats Abroad by 11:59PM EDT March 3, 2019, you must be a member of DACA, a US citizen of voting age and a resident of Canada.

PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENTS

· Articles 4.1, 6.2, 6.4, and 18.3 each need one word adjusted; “gender” to “sex” to synchronize with terminology in recently passed Article 15

· Article 12 [IT Manager] needs to be renamed Article 11 and moved above ‘Other Voting Members of the Board’ following DA Canada members 2018 approval to amend Article 4 Officers to include the IT Manager

· Article 11 [Members at Large] needs to be renamed Article 12

· Article 19.6 [Terms and Removal from Membership or Office] needs to be amended to include violation of the DPCA Code of Conduct

· Article 20 [Vacancies] needs to be amended to confer the full rights of the appointed office until the next AGM

The proposed changes are in bold under each Proposed Article

Current Article 4.1 [Officers]: 1st paragraph needs to be amended

4.1 The Officers of the Organization shall be the Country Chair, Executive Vice Chair, two (2) additional Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Counsel and IT Manager. The Executive Vice Chair shall be opposite in gender to the Country Chair. These Officers constitute the Executive Committee of DACA, which shall meet at least quarterly.

Proposed Article 4.1 [Officers]

4.1 The Officers of the Organization shall be the Country Chair, Executive Vice Chair, two (2) additional Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Counsel and IT Manager. The Executive Vice Chair shall be opposite in sex to the Country Chair. These Officers constitute the Executive Committee of DACA, which shall meet at least quarterly.

Current Article 6.2 [Executive Vice Chair]

6.2 The Executive Vice Chair shall be a member who is of the opposite gender to the Chair, as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Proposed Article 6.2 Executive Vice Chair

6.2 The Executive Vice Chair shall be a member who is of the opposite sex to the Chair, as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Current Article 6.4 [Additional Vice Chairs]

6.4 The two additional Vice Chairs shall be elected without consideration of gender. Responsibilities shall be decided among the Officers, but should allow for division of such responsibilities so that the many organizational and policy-making roles are equitably and productively arranged.

Proposed Article 6.4 [Additional Vice Chairs]

6.4 The two additional Vice Chairs shall be elected without consideration of sex. Responsibilities shall be decided among the Officers, but should allow for division of such responsibilities so that the many organizational and policy-making roles are equitably and productively arranged.

Current ARTICLE 12 [IT Manager]

12.1 The IT Manager performs as liaison to manage the domain name, institutional email addresses, and security access to the database and bulk emailing system. With the IT Committee, the IT Manager is responsible for the Board list serve, DACA website postings, wiki updates, and development and support of all types of electronic forms. The IT Manager manages the DACA social media sub-committee and other team members to offer technical solutions, training, and best practices to leaders across DACA.

Proposed to Rename Article 12 to Article 11 and move above “Other Voting Members of the Board”, below “Counsel”

Proposed Article 11 [IT Manager]

11.1 The IT Manager performs as liaison to manage the domain name, institutional email addresses, and security access to the database and bulk emailing system. With the IT Committee, the IT Manager is responsible for the Board list serve, DACA website postings, wiki updates, and development and support of all types of electronic forms. The IT Manager manages the DACA social media sub-committee and other team members to offer technical solutions, training, and best practices to leaders across DACA.

__________________________________________________________

Current ARTICLE 11 [Members at Large]

11.1 The three (3) 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. Members at Large shall be elected at the AGM in accordance with 19.1 below.

Proposed to Rename Article 11 to Article 12 [Members at Large]

12.1 The three (3) 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. Members at Large shall be elected at the AGM in accordance with 19.1 below.

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Current Article 18.3 [Chapters] Chapter Officers should be elected biennially in odd-numbered years at an AGM of the Chapter held prior to the national (DACA) AGM. The Chapter election should include at minimum a Chapter Chair. Though it is not required, it is recommended that each chapter have a Vice-chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary.

If a Chapter has a Vice Chair or a Co-chair in addition to a Chair, they shall be opposite in gender in accordance with the policy of the Democratic Party. Each chapter shall appoint a Nominations and Election Committee Officer, not running for elected office, to conduct chapter elections.

Proposed Article 18.3 [Chapters] Chapter Officers should be elected biennially in odd-numbered years at an AGM of the Chapter held prior to the national (DACA) AGM. The Chapter election should include at minimum a Chapter Chair. Though it is not required, it is recommended that each chapter have a Vice-chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary.

If a Chapter has a Vice Chair or a Co-chair in addition to a Chair, they shall be opposite in sex in accordance with the policy of the Democratic Party. Each chapter shall appoint a Nominations and Election Committee Officer, not running for elected office, to conduct chapter elections.

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Current Article 19.6 [Terms and Removal from Membership or Office]

19.6 Some examples of conduct detrimental to DACA follow: (i) speaking against the host country while purporting to speak on behalf of DACA or DA and (ii) soliciting funds or in-kind services from non-Americans. Volunteering without monetary value by non-Americans is generally acceptable.

Proposed Article 19.6 [Terms and Removal from Membership or Office]

19.6 Some examples of conduct detrimental to DACA follow: (i) speaking against the host country while purporting to speak on behalf of DACA or DA and , or (ii) soliciting funds or in-kind services from non-Americans, or (iii) violating the DPCA Code of Conduct. Volunteering without monetary value by non-Americans is generally acceptable.

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Current Article 20 [Vacancies]

20.1 The Country Chair shall appoint a member on a temporary basis to fill a vacancy among elected members of the Board. The appointee shall serve until the next regular AGM where members shall elect the position.

Proposed Article 20 [Vacancies]

20.1 The Country Chair shall appoint a member on a temporary basis to fill a vacancy among elected members of the Board. The appointee shall serve with the full privileges of their office until the next regular AGM where members shall elect the position.

Democratically yours,

DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

Bodil Geyer, NEC Chair [Vancouver, BC]
Starla Goggins [Toronto, ON]
Randi Weitzner, NEC Teller of Elections [Montreal, QC]

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DA Edmonton - Candidate Slate 2019

CHAPTER CHAIR -
  • Provides agenda and chairs regular Chapter Board meetings
  • Provides leadership for GOTV initiatives
  • Chairs the Chapter AGM every two years
  • Represents the Chapter at the DA Canada (DACA) monthly Board meetings
Candidates:
1) Hannah Brooks: I'm originally from Nashville, TN and I moved to Canada in 2015. In the US I actually didn't
participate in politics much, that is until I lost my health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. That
galvanized me to become active in the Democratic party. Right when I arrived in Edmonton, it became clear
that Trump was going to win the Republican nomination. In response, I quickly decided to become active in the
Democratic Party here in Edmonton. I helped coordinate voter outreach during the 2016 elections and have
been the unofficial chair since 2018 midterm elections. If elected, I pledge to fulfill the duties of Chair as
effectively as possible until my term is over in March 2021.

VICE CHAIR -

  • Chairs Chapter Board meetings in the absence of the Chair
  • Assists in providing leadership for GOTV initiatives
  • Steps in for Chair as needed
Candidates: None


SECRETARY -

  • Schedules regular Chapter Board meetings
  • Takes minutes of Chapter Board meetings and distribute them to the Board
Candidates:

1) Diana Keto-Lambert: I am a proud native of the DC/Maryland metro area and a North Carolina voter; I moved to Canada in 2007. While I was living stateside, I was a member of College Democrats at University of Maryland, and volunteered on Chris Van Hollen’s 2002 congressional race, John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and Martin O’Malley’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign. I joined Democrats Abroad Edmonton when I discovered them in 2008, and I helped the chapter with communications outreach for Barack Obama’s campaign. I became chapter chair from 2011 – 2014 and a member-at-large since then, helping with planning and executing meetings, GOTV efforts, and social get-togethers for our chapter. Most recently, I helped work the polls in the 2018 midterm elections when visiting North Carolina.


TREASURER -

  • Provides Chapter financial reports at regular Board meetings and at the biannual AGM
  • Manages and maintains Chapter bank account, donations (cash and online) and Chapter expenses
Candidates:

1) Diana Keto-Lambert: I am a proud native of the DC/Maryland metro area and a North Carolina voter; I moved to Canada in 2007. While I was living stateside, I was a member of College Democrats at University of Maryland, and volunteered on Chris Van Hollen’s 2002 congressional race, John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and Martin O’Malley’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign. I joined Democrats Abroad Edmonton when I discovered them in 2008, and I helped the chapter with communications outreach for Barack Obama’s campaign. I became chapter chair from 2011 – 2014 and a member-at-large since then, helping with planning and executing meetings, GOTV efforts, and social get-togethers for our chapter. Most recently, I helped work the polls in the 2018 midterm elections when visiting North Carolina.


MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY -

  • Works with the DA Canada Membership Secretary on annual Membership Verification
  • Learns to use the DA Nation Builder online membership management system
  • Send welcome message to new members via email (template)
Candidates:

1) Hannah Brooks: I'm originally from Nashville, TN and I moved to Canada in 2015. In the US I actually didn't participate in politics much, that is until I lost my health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. That galvanized me to become active in the Democratic party. Right when I arrived in Edmonton, it became clear that Trump was going to win the Republican nomination. In response, I quickly decided to become active in the Democratic Party here in Edmonton. I helped coordinate voter outreach during the 2016 elections and have been the unofficial chair since 2018 midterm elections. If elected, I pledge to fulfill the duties of Membership Secretary as effectively as possible until my term is over in March 2021.


COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR -
  • Sends event invitations and updates to DAV members, using the DA Nation Builder online email system
  • Updates and maintains the DAED Facebook page
  • Updates the DAED events web page in Nation Builder
Candidates:

1) Kimberly Johnson: After moving to Edmonton from Southern California, I joined Democrats Abroad in 2000. Upon completion of my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada, I lived abroad in England and the Netherlands. When I returned to Edmonton, deeply concerned about the current administration, I resolved to be a more involved Democrats Abroad member. In 2018, I was primarily responsible for communications & media relations—writing press releases, coordinating media requests and appearing as the DA Edmonton spokesperson in print and televised interviews. I also created our new Instagram account to connect our chapter to the local community and other DA chapters internationally. During the fall of 2018, I conceptualized, planned and successfully executed our “Print Your Own T-shirt” fundraiser and "Sanity Session" pub social nights. Additionally, I helped plan and facilitate our GOTV (Get Out The Vote) events on the University of Alberta campus and at the Alberta Legislature. I take great pride in the work that our chapter team accomplished leading up to the historic 2018 midterm elections. If elected as your Communications Officer & your Student Recruitment Outreach Coordinator, I will be dedicated to continuing our work, organizing our efforts and building community momentum as we approach another historic election in 2020.


STUDENT OUTREACH COORDINATOR -

  • Raises awareness of Democrats Abroad on campuses in the Chapter area
  • Coordinates on-campus voter registration events
  • Coordinates outreach to US citizens on-campus (non-DA members)
  • Liaises with the DA Canada point person on the DA Global Study Abroad Youth Outreach Team
  • Initiate and support DAED-affiliated clubs on campus
1) Kimberly Johnson: After moving to Edmonton from Southern California, I joined Democrats Abroad in 2000. Upon completion of my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada, I lived abroad in England and the Netherlands. When I returned to Edmonton, deeply concerned about the current administration, I resolved to be a more involved Democrats Abroad member. In 2018, I was primarily responsible for communications & media relations—writing press releases, coordinating media requests and appearing as the DA Edmonton
spokesperson in print and televised interviews. I also created our new Instagram account to connect our chapter to the local community and other DA chapters internationally. During the fall of 2018, I conceptualized, planned and successfully executed our “Print Your Own T-shirt” fundraiser and "Sanity Session" pub social nights. Additionally, I helped plan and facilitate our GOTV (Get Out The Vote) events on the University of Alberta campus and at the Alberta Legislature. I take great pride in the work that our chapter team accomplished leading up to the historic 2018 midterm elections. If elected as your Communications Officer & your Student Recruitment Outreach Coordinator, I will be dedicated to continuing our work, organizing our efforts and building community momentum as we approach another historic election in 2020.