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DA Victoria and the Islands (DAVI) is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada.

We reach out to US citizens to encourage them to vote in US elections by helping them register to vote and keeping them informed on issues important to all of us. We also have lots of opportunities for anyone who wants to volunteer to help with our Get Out the Vote efforts!

In 2016, only 33,000 Americans living in Canada cast a ballot in the General Election. With 15-days remaining, 75% of the members of DemsAbroad Canada have engaged with requesting a ballot in this critical election. Take a moment to request your ballot to be a part of the blue tsunami from Canada at

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.

Past DAVI events include the Women's Marches at Centennial Square, Tax Seminars, Fourth of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Election and Debate Watch parties, voter registration events, and pub meet-ups.

Please check our Events page and News page for more information about these events as well as notices of future events.

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

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Victoria and the Islands, please contact us.

Democratically yours,

Giles Hogya, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Victoria

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DA Victoria Leadership:

Giles Hogya
| Acting Chair, DA Canada Victoria & Islands (DAVI)
Patricia Kostek
| Acting Vice Chair, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Jon Scheer
| Treasurer - DA Canada Victoria Chapter
Judith Fox
| Acting Secretary, DA Canada, Victoria & Islands
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  • News

    2020 DAVI AGM - Minutes

    The minutes from the 2020 DAVI AGM, held on March 31, 2020 (online only) are posted below. Thanks to all who attended!

    March 31, 2020

    1. Call Meeting to Order: 1505 [3:05pm]

    Present: Heidi Burch - Chair
    James Ham - Vice-Chair
    Jon Scheer - Treasurer
    Jena Magnus - Secretary
    Penelope Hocking - Member-at-large
    Patricia Kostek - Member-at-large
    Jonathan Holiff
    Kevin Brown
    Mat Small
    Orion Carrier
    Whitney Laughlin

    The Chair welcomed the attendees & thanked everyone for the attendance.
    Chair provided a walk through on the use of the webex program.

    2. Approval of the AGM Agenda: Jena moved to approve agenda, seconded by Pat Kostek.

    3. Report from the chapter chair on 2019 activities:

    • DAVI hosted 8 well attended primary debate watch nights.

    • DAVI hosted a July 4th celebration on July 4.

    • The US Thanksgiving Pot Luck was very successful & enjoyed by all.

    • The chapter again hosted the US tax seminar. Well attended & successful fund raising event.

    • The Chair hosted a phone banking tutorial attended by 3.

    • The DAVI chapter sponsored & presented a Global Presidential Primary Polling station Mar. 7 at the Knox Presbyterian Church.

      • DAVI had 125 ballots cast: 62 for Sanders, 57 for Biden, 2 for Warren & 5 spoiled ballots.

      • Final overall DA results: 57.9% Sanders, 22% Biden.

      • 13 elected DA Delegates: 9 for Sanders, 4 for Biden.

    • The DA convention & delegate selection will be online this year in May due to the pandemic.

    • University of Victoria outreach: We’ve been approached by a UVic student group who want to do GOTV for the Nov General Election. They originally got together to support Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, but now wish to become a DA Club and do GOTV for the Nov election. Heidi is working with the organizer, Calvin Simpson, to take the necessary steps.

      • DAVI can only host events & GOTV activities on campus if a club is certified by UVIC. To be certified the club requires 10 members.

      • Covid 19 has curtailed any campus activities until further notice.

    • Main GOTV activity will be phonebanking our membership & other key races.

      • New people need training.

      • Current volunteers will need updates regarding changes to the CallHub system

      • We encourage all overseas voters to use to register to vote and request their ballots

      • Chair encourages all DA members to go to for sign up instructions and phonebanking training

      • We will do a big push in Sept & Oct, and hope to do more, depending on funding. Also DA is setting up phonebanking campaigns in April as everyone is home due to coronavirus.

    • Fundraising: all DAVI funds go only to GOTV activities, chapter events & community outreach.

    • Social media outreach: additional assistance with the Chapter’s social media accounts needed especially during this pandemic response. Chair requested members volunteer or help recruit new volunteers for DAVI’s social media.

    • Chair called for questions from the floor.

      • How will we obtain training for April phonebanking?

        • The DA website has online training modules & videos at: The training is available 24/7.

        • Heidi will arrange another live training session when able.

    4. Approval of minutes from previous AGM [March 17, 2019]

    • Chair asked for questions or corrections for the minutes of our last AGM.

      • None received, but J. Holiff sent a chat message requesting a copy of the 2019 AGM Minutes be sent to him after the meeting.

      • Chair moved to adopt minutes, Vice Chair seconded. Motion passed.

    5. Approval of treasurer report:

    • Account balance: Mar. 1, 2019. $ 706.59

    • Account balance: Feb. 29, 2020. $ 1,791.27

    • Expenditures: $ 663.25

    • Deposits: $ 1,747.93

    • Two tax seminars within 12 months boosted the final balance.

    • GOTV activities will be the major expenditure expected in 2020.

    6. Membership Report:

    • Chair presented report for the membership secretary.

    • Membership is up from Feb. 2019 despite losing members in the verification process.

    • Over 135 new members joined DAVI in Feb. & Mar. 2020.

      • People joined to vote in the GPP

    • There is a Nanaimo DAVI sub-group of 5 formed in June 2019.

      • Focus on GOTV.

      • The group met in person until the pandemic response. Now keeping in touch via email.

      • Nation Builder able to create lists, groups & tasks which can help tailor our activities to specific areas of interest & location. Work is ongoing to utilize the tools available.

    7. AGM adjourned: Orion moved to adjourn, Jonathan seconded. Meeting adjourned 1550 [3:50pm]

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    2020 DAVI Notice of AGM - March 31, 2020

    To All DAVI Members:

    After you RSVP, we will send an email with the link and instructions!

    The Victoria and the Islands Chapter of Democrats Abroad (DAVI) will be holding its 2020 Annual General Meeting:

    DATE: March 31, 2020

    TIME: 3:00 PM

    PLACE: THIS IS AN ONLINE MEETING VIA WEBEX ONLY! Please RSVP (below) and we'll send an email with the link and instructions

    RSVP: Online at: or Email us at:

    Let’s Get Out the Vote for a Democratic President, win back the US Senate, increase the majority in the US House AND increase Democratic Governors and State Legislatures all over the US!

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 29 rsvps
    Online on the Zoom platform in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    DemsAbroad Canada's Inauguration Celebration

    DemsAbroad Canada Inauguration Celebration


    DemsAbroad Canada wraps up Inauguration Week with an opportunity for Americans across the country to come together to celebrate.

    Join our special guests to celebrate individual Day of Service activities, DemsAbroad front-line workers, our Get Out the Vote volunteers, the first days of the Biden+Harris Administration…and a new chapter for America!

    Complete details are pending, but space is limited so reserve your spot today to receive the Zoom details! Watch this page for program updates.

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM Americas/Vancouver Time
    Google Meet: Virtual-only event in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Tax & Investment Update for 2021

    DAVI invites you to attend our annual Tax & Investment Update for 2021! 

    Get informed about changes to tax laws affecting US citizens living abroad.

    This year we are delighted to welcome back Pat Fournier to lead our seminar. Pat obtained her CA designation in 2001 and her CPA designation in 2006.

    Pat's public practice experience has been from both sides of the border. She spent ten years in Seattle working in both public and private practice and gaining valuable insight into the banking industry through Washington Mutual's corporate office.  Then it was time to head back to Port Coquitlam, BC to settle down.  Being a dual citizen and a dual licensed accountant, setting up a practice specializing in US tax was a natural fit.  Pat now services individuals, small businesses and accountants.

    Our tax seminars are always well-attended by our members, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

    PLACE: Google Meet. We'll send you the link two days before, with a reminder to make sure you don’t miss this event. 

    SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 per person--OR--bring a friend $20 for two.

    Please e-transfer Interac donations to This account accepts automatic deposits.  Or email us at the same address for how to donate by mailed in check. Mailed donations must be postmarked no later than January 18.

    All donations are used for our Get Out the Vote initiatives. Please Note: DAVI may only accept donations from US citizens.
    The goal of our Annual Tax Seminar is to help answer your questions so that you are able to make your own decisions concerning these important matters. DAVI does not provide tax advice.

    Come along to our friendly seminar and don’t get caught out by any tax changes. Bring your questions and a fellow U.S. citizen with you -- regardless of political affiliation!

    Democratically yours,DAVI Chapter
    Giles Hogya, Acting Chair
    Pat Kostek, Acting Vice-Chair
    Jon Scheer, Treasurer
    Jude Fox, Acting Secretary
    Jena Magnus, Membership Secretary.                                     
    Jim Ham, Member-at-large