Victoria

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Victoria!

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For all media inquiries, please contact Giles Hogya, Chapter Chair or +1 877-336-2008

 

 

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!

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 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

 


DEMOCRATS ABROAD VICTORIA AND THE ISLANDS (DAVI) GOALS AND TARGETS 2021-2

Mission Statement

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States.  We work to provide Americans living abroad with the opportunity to have a Democratic voice in our government and to elect Democratic candidates.

We:

  • Foster and celebrate our shared community and an active engagement in our country’s democratic future.
  • Help Americans abroad vote in U.S. elections.
  • Protect the right to vote for Americans abroad.
  • Advocate for issues that concern Americans abroad.
  • Help elect Democrats in every congressional district in the U.S by mobilizing the overseas vote. 
  • Raise funds to ensure our continued ability to meet the moment and its challenges

Context

Democrats Abroad Victoria and the Islands (DAVI) is one of fourteen chapters in Democrats Abroad Canada (DACA), which in turn is one of more than 50 countries in Democrats Abroad Global, an arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

Overarching Goals

The overarching goals for DAVI in 2021-2 are to:

  • Increase DAVI membership 
  • Get-out-the-vote for Democratic candidates 
  • Serve our membership 

Strategies

To achieve these goals the following strategies will be employed over the next two years 2021-2:

To increase membership 

  • encourage members to recommend us, place timely ads on social media, hold social events etc.  
  • strengthen our donor base by employing a matching-funds campaign that leads to an enhanced ability to reach new members 
  • Increase visibility with a pro active media policy through press invitations and press releases
  • expand our ability to disseminate and amplify DA information on social media
  • support the creation of a Young Democrats group
  • positively welcome and encourage members from under-represented constituencies e.g. LGBTQ and visible minorities

To serve our membership

  • nurture a sense of shared community and belonging among our members through events and social media
  • hold social gatherings such as pub nights, movie nights, Thanksgiving Dinners and 4th of July Parties, when COVID restrictions allow for in-person meetings
  • continue our yearly and popular tax seminars
  • increase the range of our volunteer opportunities to include more members
  • strengthen our leadership by filling DAVI Board vacancies, particularly the Co-ordinator of Social Media.

To GOTV for Democratic candidates up and down ballot

  • mobilize our membership, and therefore Democratic votes, through social media advertising, media opportunities etc.
  • train, lead and involve an active group of GOTV volunteers for supportive roles within the chapter
  • encourage members and non-members through phone banking and social media to register and vote in the midterm elections in 2022
  • provide members with the latest voting information
  • solicit funds at social and other in-person meetings and online for the purpose of financing election advertising to members and non members.
  • maintain the presidential election enthusiasm into the midterms
  • report voter issues and roadblocks so that they can be addressed in a timely fashion
  • liaise effectively with volunteers and GOTV personnel in Democrats Abroad 
  • verify our members annually to ensure accurate contact details and involvement

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DA Victoria Leadership:

Giles W Hogya
| Victoria & Islands (DAVI) Chapter Chair | DPCA Voting Rep
Steven Saunders
| Membership Secretary, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Lynne Severance
| Acting Secretary, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Patricia Kostek
| Member At Large, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
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  • News

    2023 Annual General Meeting

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                Notice of Annual General Meeting  

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    WHAT?

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2023
    PURPOSE?

    To inform you about the year’s activities and the accomplishments of your chapter & to elect Board Members for a two-year term. At a later date, you will receive further information.

    WHEN?

    SUNDAY
    05 March 2023
    1:30 – 3:00 pm PST

    WHERE?

    Via ZOOM

    Our Zoom application has a total capacity of 100 participants, so space online is limited.  After RSVPing, you will receive a link to the meeting.

    RSVP HERE

    Address all other enquiries to Secretary, Democrat Abroad Victoria & the Islands:  [email protected]

    WHO?

    All Members of Democrats Abroad Victoria and the Islands Chapter
    GUEST SPEAKER

    KATIE SOLON

    Katie is the GOTV Coordinator for the Americas Region and one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of DA: a former Country Chair and Chair, DA International.  We are honored to have her as our guest speaker.

    See her extensive bio HERE

     
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    DAVI Chapter Officer Position Descriptions 2023

    Chapter Chair

    The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all General Meetings, Special Meetings, Executive Committee Meetings and all meetings of the Chapter Board. The Chair shall determine the Agenda of all such meetings.

    The Chapter Chair shall have Membership responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the

    Chapter and for execution of all activities approved and undertaken by the Chapter Board.

    The Chapter Chair may appoint such ad hoc committees and individuals as necessary for the execution of the activities of the Chapter.

    The Chapter Chair shall be a voting member of the DACA board as Chapter Representative and is responsible for enacting policies as determined by DACA. As such will be required to attend DACA meetings as required, generally monthly. 

    This role takes approximately 10-20 hours per week in an election year, and 8-10 hours in a non- election year.

    Chapter Vice Chair

    In the absence of the Chapter Chair, the Chapter Vice Chair shall determine the Agenda, call and preside at meetings of Chapter members, the Chapter Executive Committee and the Board.

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall have such other duties as chairing one or more committees, depending on their experience and preferences.

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall work with the Chapter Chair to ensure all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the Organization are supervised and executed appropriately.

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

    NOTE: If the decision is to have two Chapter Co-Chairs, foregoing a Chapter Vice Chair, the above paragraph is still applicable.

    This role takes approximately 7-10 hours a week

    Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall distribute required meeting notices, attend and produce minutes for all Chapter Board meetings.

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall produce and 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 Vice Chair.

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall schedule all Board meetings. In the case of absence of the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer, the Chapter Chair or Vice-Chair shall designate to another Officer the responsibility to attend and produce the minutes.

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter in coordination with the Chair and the DACA Treasurer. 

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall produce a monthly written report for the Chapter Board and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by DACA. All such records shall be open for inspection by members.

    The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare and present to the AGM of the chapter a Statement of Income and Expenses.

    This role takes approximately 6-8 hours a week.

    Chapter Membership Secretary

    The Chapter Membership Secretary shall maintain the Chapter membership database by responding in a timely manner to member requests for changes, welcoming new members, and by using best practices to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy.

    The Chapter Membership Secretary shall have administration privileges to update the Nationbuilder database and send out email blasts. S/he shall monitor the DAVI gmail account and participate in the annual DACA membership verification process.

    The Chapter Membership Secretary provides statistical information as required and produces a monthly report for the Chapter Board.

    This role takes approximately 5-12 hours a week during election years, and 5-6 hours weekly during non-election years. 

    Social Media Coordinator

    The Social Media Coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining the DAVI Facebook page, the DAVI web page, and other DAVI media sites as they become operational.

    To do so, the Coordinator shall amplify vetted content from the Democrats Abroad weekly content kit and other Democrats Abroad sites in consultation with the Chair and according to the guidelines specified by Democrats Abroad.

    The Coordinator acts as the Chapter Social Media Liaison, interfacing with the DA Facebook Managers Group, and other Democrats Abroad media groups.

    They shall produce a written report for the Chapter Board on a monthly basis.

    This role requires an estimated 3-7 hours per week, depending on whether an election is imminent.

    Volunteer Coordinator

    The Volunteer Coordinator shall recruit, train and manage volunteers for Democrats Abroad, in coordination with the Chair.

    The Coordinator shall endeavor to offer a range of opportunities appropriate to the skills, physical needs and interests of all members.

    The Coordinator acts as the Chapter Volunteer Liaison, interfacing with DACA and DA volunteer and GOTV personnel as required.

    They shall produce a monthly report to the Board.
    This role requires an estimated 3-20 hours per week, depending on whether an election is imminent.

    Chapter Member-at-Large

    Chapter 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.

    This role varies in hours, depending on the activities undertaken by these Board Members

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, March 05, 2023 at 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 21 rsvps
    Virtual on Zoom in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Victoria Chapter Annual General Meeting

    Notice of Annual General Meeting


    Save the date and RSVP below

    WHAT? ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2023
    PURPOSE? To inform you about the year’s activities and the accomplishments of your chapter & to elect Board Members for a two-year term. At a later date, you will receive further information.
    WHEN? SUNDAY
    05 March, 2023
    1:30-3:00 pm PST
    WHERE? via ZOOM
    Our Zoom application has a total capacity of 100 participants, so space online is limited.
    RSVP at bottom of page

    After RSVPing, you will receive a link to the meeting. Address all other enquiries to Secretary, Democrat Abroad Victoria & the Islands:
    [email protected]
    WHO? All Members of Democrats Abroad Victoria and the Islands Chapter
    GUEST SPEAKER KATIE SOLON

    Katie is the GOTV Coordinator for the America’s Region and one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of DA: a former Country Chair and Chair, DA International. We are honored to have her as our guest speaker.

    See her bio HERE