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:

Judith Fox
| Vice Chair and Volunteer Coordinator, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Patricia Kostek
| Acting Secretary, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Jon Scheer
| Treasurer, DA Canada Victoria & Islands
Stephanie Hart
| Canada Legal Counsel | Membership Secretary, Victoria & Islands Chapter | DPCA Voting Rep
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  • News

    Candidate Statements for 2021 DAVI Elections

    Democrats Abroad Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands 

    There are currently no candidates for the positions of Membership Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator. Nominations and/or appointments for these positions will take place on the floor of the online Annual General Meeting, March 20th, 1-3 pm. Please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested. 

    Candidates were asked to make a short statement of interest, which follow here.

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    Call for Nominations Victoria 2021 Elections

    What a wonderful Inauguration Week we just witnessed!  As we are celebrating and gearing up to strengthen our control of Congress in the 2022 election, we are also sobered by the disturbing events in the Capitol Building in early January. We are ever reminded that democracy is fragile and our work to protect and strengthen it is more important than ever, and we invite you to share in shaping the future of America. 

    An important next step for the Victoria Chapter is to elect our Board for the 2021-2023 term. 

    As the Nominations and Elections Committee, we invite you to learn about our Board positions and to consider a nomination. 

    Eligibility: American citizens, Age nineteen and over, Members of Democrats Abroad Canada- Victoria

    Terms are approximately 2 years.

    Here are some actions you can take:

    • Answer this Call for Nominations!

    Look for other important updates: Candidate Statements published and sent out mid-February and Ballots go out in early March.

    Email the Nominating and Elections Committee with any questions!

    Democracy needs our time, talents, and votes! 

    Thank you!

    The Nominations and Election Committee

    Democrats Abroad Canada, Victoria

    ***Weekday error in this posting adjusted 2021-02-06**

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 01:00 PM Time · 12 rsvps
    Online via Zoom in Toronto, ON, Canada

    Drag Story Time with Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé (family friendly)

     

    Fay Slift & Fluffy Soufflé

    Co-Sponsored by Democrats Abroad Canada and
    Democrats Abroad Toronto LGBTQ+ Caucus

    Bring the kids for this family-friendly event with Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé. This Toronto-based drag duo challenges gender stereotypes and cultivates a safe and fun space for kids and families of all identities and expressions.

    Drag stars Fay Slift + Fluffy Soufflé have been doing drag storytimes since June 2016. Based in Toronto, they have been fortunate to do so many local events at some of Toronto’s biggest cultural institutions, as well as hit the road to adventures beyond the city. Their special events focus on books, songs and include lots of laughs to show that Reading is FUN-damental! They especially want to support families with LGBTQ2S parent(s) and gender variant children, and read culturally diverse books, by providing a supportive and inclusive environment focused on fun. Everyone is welcome!

    This event will be part of the overall Democrats Abroad Global LGBTQ+ Caucus Virtual Pride 12-hour Marathon. Click here to learn more about various activities, celebrations, stories, and films being streamed across the globe for this exciting day-long event.

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    STORYTIME WITH FAY & FLUFFY

     

    Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 02:30 PM Time · 3 rsvps
    Online via Zoom in Toronto, ON, Canada

    Youth Spoken Word Performance with CANVAS Arts Action Programs

    CANVAS

    Co-Sponsored by Democrats Abroad Canada and
    Democrats Abroad Toronto LGBTQ+ Caucus

    In the past year, the world has seen how spoken word and poetry can be a powerful tool for advocacy, a way of communicating and expressing pain and joy, and an outlet for healing. 

    On January 20, 2021, the world listened as Amanda Gorman’s presented her moving inaugural poem, which moved us to reflect on our world and democracy from the eyes of a young activist. 

    Democrats Abroad Toronto is excited to partner with CANVAS Arts Action Programs (CANVAS), a Toronto-based non-profit that works to prevent gender-based and sexual violence, homophobia and transphobia for a special spoken word performance. CANVAS uses interactive, arts programs to educate on gender equity, consent, and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion in schools, summer camps, communities and workplaces. 

    Join us for this special performance, open to members and their families of all ages!

    This event will be part of the overall Democrats Abroad Global LGBTQ+ Caucus Virtual Pride 12-hour Marathon. Click here to learn more about various activities, celebrations, stories, and films being streamed across the globe for this exciting day-long event.


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    YOUTH SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE