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DA Toronto (DATO) is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada.

We help US citizens vote in US elections through voter registration and keeping people informed on key issues. We also have lots of opportunities to volunteer with our Get Out the Vote efforts!

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 VoteFromAbroad.org today to register for your ballot.

Past Toronto events include Women's Marches, Tax Seminars, Fourth of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Election and Debate Watch parties, voter registration events and pub meet-ups.  We are active in-person and online as much as possible.  Please check our Events page and News page for more information.

We also post voter and event information as well as current political news on social media. Please follow us on Instagram and our Facebook page and share!

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

Democratically yours,

Dianna English, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Toronto

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DA Toronto Leadership:

Dianna English
| Toronto Chapter Chair | Canada Communications Officer
Timothy Ellis
| Toronto Chapter Co-Vice-Chair
Danielle Stampley
| Toronto Chapter Co-Vice Chair
Colleen Mahaffie
| Toronto Chapter Secretary
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  • News

    Call for Board of Director Nominations: Democrats Abroad Toronto

    Volunteer for a role that could help shape America. Deadline for nominations: January 28, 2023

    Nomination Process: You can self-nominate or nominate someone else, with their permission. Nomination forms must be submitted. 

    Term: Starting March 14, 2023 for two years, ending approximately March 2025, covering the next Presidential election, always an exciting time to be involved.

    Eligibility: All currently registered members of  Democrats Abroad Canada who are members of the Toronto Chapter are eligible unless prohibited (i.e., term limits) per the Democrats Abroad Canada by laws.  Current members of Democrats Abroad Canada who live in one of the regions of Durham, Peel, and York are eligible for the regional position in which they live.  Nominees must be willing to stand for office. 

    Nomination Deadline:  January 28, 2023 11:59 p.m. After nominations are closed, we’ll provide ballots and information on voting.

    Annual General Meeting: Results will be announced at our AGM on March 14. Please save this date in your calendars. Information, including the ability to RSVP will be distributed closer to the event. Nominations may come from the floor of the AGM, if no nominations were received for a particular position. 

    Please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee if you require accommodation in submitting a nomination form, [email protected]

    Board Meetings: Meetings occur monthly and can be attended either in person (when feasible) or remotely.

    Positions: The following 13 positions are up for election:

    Chapter Chair 

    The Chapter Chair shall be the legal representative of Democrats Abroad Toronto as the chief executive of the chapter.  The Chapter Chair shall preside at all General Meetings and all meetings of the Board. The Chapter Chair shall have responsibility for the day-to-day activities of Democrats Abroad Toronto and for execution of all activities approved and undertaken by the Board. The Chapter Chair may appoint such ad hoc committees as necessary for the execution of the activities of the chapter, and shall be a voting member of all standing and ad hoc committees. The Chapter Chair is a voting member of the Board of Democrats Abroad Canada and shall attend their monthly meetings. 

    Co-Vice Chair (2)

    In the absence of the Chapter Chair, either of the Co-Vice Chairs shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Board. The Co-Vice Chairs shall have such duties as chairing one or more standing or ad hoc committees. The Co-Vice Chairs shall attend all Board meetings and work with the Chapter Chair to ensure that all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the chapter are supervised and executed appropriately. In accordance with Democrats Abroad rules about gender representation, one of the Co-Vice Chairs shall be a different gender from the Chapter Chair. The Co-Vice Chairs are voting members of the Board of Democrats Abroad Canada and shall attend their monthly meetings. 

    Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter, maintain its financial reports to members, and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States applicable to political parties and contributions to them).  All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall attend all Board meetings and prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Toronto a Statement of Income and Expenses and a Balance Sheet.

    Secretary

    The Secretary shall attend and produce minutes for all General, Board, and Executive Committee meetings. The Secretary shall maintain all files and administrative records of the chapter. All such records shall be open for inspection by members. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Board once approved by the Chapter Chair and/or either Co-Vice Chair. The Secretary shall schedule and coordinate participation of members for all Board meetings.

    Member-at-Large (8 positions including up to 3 possible regional positions)

    Members-at-Large bring special gifts and talents to the chapter. Members-at-Large should attend all Board meetings and stay informed through general emails from Democrats Abroad.  Members-at-Large will work to engage area members by organizing events, such as tax seminars, debate watches, voting centers, phone banking events, pub nights, round tables, movie nights, and speaker nights. Members-at-Large should include a diversity of individuals with various skill sets, such as database and technology proficiency, writing articles for the website, and writing or sending emails.

    Regional Members at Large: We will fill these positions if candidates are available and elected, and otherwise fill those spots with general Members-at-Large

    Member-at-Large Durham Region

    The Member-at-Large Durham Region should attend all Board meetings and work to engage Durham area members by hosting events such as tax seminars, debate watches, voting centers, phone banking events, pub nights, round tables, movie nights, and speaker nights.

    Member-at-Large Peel Region

    The Member-at-Large Peel Region should attend all Board meetings and work to engage Peel area members by hosting events such as tax seminars, debate watches, voting centers, phone banking events, pub nights, round tables, movie nights, and speaker nights.

    Member-at-Large York Region

    The Member-at-Large York Region should attend all Board meetings and work to engage York area members by hosting events such as tax seminars, debate watches, voting centers, phone banking events, pub nights, round tables, movie nights, and speaker nights.

    Nominations and Elections Committee Equity Statement

    Democrats Abroad Toronto’s Nominations and Elections Committee will actively work to recognize, develop and promote initiatives that build equity, diversity, and inclusion in the election process, including, but not limited to, removing barriers of race, sex, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, and socioeconomic status. These efforts will prioritize actions to ensure that all members are treated in a fair and ethical manner and are supported in their paths to success.  For more information, please contact the committee at [email protected] 

    “Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree ... we do not merely seek common ground—we strive to reach higher ground.”  - DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM

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    Protect the Right to Abortion - How You Can Help

    Many of us are still reeling from this week's Supreme Court document previewing a June decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, but we've moved forward quickly to take action. Democrats Abroad is rallying globally, with the gender inclusive Global Women’s Caucus and our International Chair Candice Kerestan leading the way. 

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he will be calling for a new vote on the Women's Health Protection Act on Wednesday, May 11. We need to contact our Senators now to demand they vote YES and protect the right to an abortion!

    We learned in 2016 that elections have far reaching consequences. Let's share that sense of urgency about the midterms.  Women of every age and throughout history have been impacted by the laws that restrict their participation in society and limit their bodily autonomy. This is the year to be bold and challenge those in charge from members of Congress to the Supreme Court. 

    Engaging and enlisting the help of the 500,000 Americans living in Canada who can vote is key.  FVAP estimated that only 4.6% of U.S. voters in Canada returned their ballots in the 2018 midterms. This leaves a huge opportunity for U.S. voters in Canada to protect reproductive rights and all the other essential rights that will now be vulnerable. We must protect our democracy.

    We Need Everyone's Help: 

    • Contact your Senator TODAY! We need to codify access to abortion into law. Contact your Senators TODAY and tell them we need to pass the Women's Health Protection Act when they vote on May 11. Click here for simple instructions to help you email your Senator.  
    • Join the Women’s Caucus! We aren’t stopping. We’ll keep fighting. Sign up for the Women’s Caucus to get more frequent updates on how you can help. Everyone of all genders welcome, click here to join us.
    • Request and Return your Midterms Ballot NOW! Go to Votefromabroad.org today to make sure you vote in the 2022 midterms.
    • Help a Friend Vote! Do you know other Americans living in Canada? Do they know how to vote? Send them to Votefromabroad.org to answer any questions and get them registered!
    • Share Resources on Social! Save or screenshot this tile with action steps everyone can take and help us get the word out to your network on social media!

    In 2017, Mitch McConnell uttered his three only memorable words while trying to stop Elizabeth Warren from speaking: "Nevertheless She Persisted." They became a rallying cry for all of us! This week, she challenged us all again to keep fighting with her. "I am angry, upset, determined."  Oh, and she's not giving up: "Not Ever!"

    In Sisterhood,

    Democrats Abroad Canada - Women's Caucus Leadership

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 14 rsvps
    Trinity Commons in Toronto, ON, Canada

    State of the Union Watch Party & Toronto Candidates Meet-and-Greet!

    Join Us to Watch the State of the Union and Meet your DA Toronto Board Candidates!

    Please join us to watch President Biden deliver the State of the Union! We'll gather to eat, drink, and be together- we'd love to see you there. And you can meet and socialize with candidates running for the 2023-2025 Democrats Abroad Toronto Board! (PS! If you are interested in running for the Board and haven't yet, please find more information here by January 28!)

    8:00pm - Candidate Meet & Greet Social Begins

    9:00pm - President Biden Delivers the State of the Union

    Suggested Donation: $24 (Please donate at this link.)

    All are welcome to attend - give if/what you can! And please feel free to bring along Canadian friends and family!

    Directions:

    Google Maps: Find Trinity Commons on Google Maps here!

    Public Transportation: Our best advice is to take the College streetcar (Stop: Major Street) or Spadina streetcar (Stop: College Street)

    Driving: There is a multilevel Green P parking lot at 20 St Andrew St.