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  • Call for nominations for chapter leadership (2023 elections)

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) during which we will hold the election of our Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region Chapter officers will take place March 21, 2023, at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held online via Zoom.

    Your online ballot will be emailed to you by March 6 with instructions on how to complete it by March 20.

    The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for the following offices: Chapter Co-Chairs (2), Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer and Membership Outreach Coordinator, and up to three Members-at-Large.

    Job descriptions for each office appear below.

    The Co-Chairs elected shall be members of opposite genders or gender fluid/non-binary, as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee. Please note that our outgoing co-chairs are both "termed out," so now is your chance if you want to seize the reins.

    Nominations open with this mailing and will close February 4, 2023.

    You may submit a nomination electronically by clicking on the button below.

    If you prefer, you may submit your nomination by email to [email protected] (please put "CCR NOMINATION" in the subject line), or by snail mail addressed to CCR Nominations, c/o 109 Bayswater Ave., Ottawa, ON K1Y 2G2.

    Please include an accompanying statement supporting your nominee (or yourself, if you are self-nominating). This should outline the skills and experience pertinent to the position. A nominee must be a member of the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad, and willing and able to handle their duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    Chapter officers are expected to actively participate in the management of the chapter, including attendance at regular board meetings (usually monthly), either in person or virtually. We will seek consent to stand for the election from each nominee before adding them to the ballot.

    We greatly appreciate your assistance and look forward to receiving your nominations.

    Whether or not you wish to make a nomination, we hope you will cast your votes for our chapter officers when your ballot arrives, and that you will attend the AGM. (Note that our special guest for the evening will be DA's International Chair, Candice Kerestan.) To register, please rsvp by clicking the button below. The Zoom link for the AGM will be provided to you in the email confirming your registration.

    Best regards,

    Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region Chapter Nominations & Election Committee:

    Dan Rubenstein (Teller)
    Rachel Eugster
    David Schellenberg

    DA Canada-Capital Region
    http://www.democratsabroad.org/


    Here are the job descriptions for our chapter officers as they appear in our bylaws.

    Note that DA's accounting practices have changed in a way that makes our Treasurer description obsolete. Because accounting is now handled largely at the DA Canada level, this has effectively become a ceremonial role in our chapter, and is therefore ideal for someone who would like a seat at the chapter board table with minimal responsibilities.

    4.3.1 The Chapter Co-Chairs
    The Co-Chairs, or Chair and Vice Chair as the case may be, may allocate between themselves the duties of the Chair.
    The Chapter Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, shall, in coordination with the Board of DACA, serve as the chief executive officer of CCR, shall call and preside at all chapter meetings, establish the agenda of such meetings (or delegate establishment of the agenda to the CCR Secretary), and generally have responsibility for all chapter activities approved by the Board in support of the mission of DACA. The Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, are also the primary Officer(s) representing CCR on the DACA Board.
    The Chapter Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, shall be responsible, jointly with the Treasurer or a second CCR officer if the Treasurer position is open, for oversight of CCR’s financial affairs, including but not limited to serving as a signing authority on the Chapter’s bank account (if any) and ensuring regular reporting to CCR officers and the DACA Treasurer on CCR’s financial affairs.
    The Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, or any Officer so designated by them shall be entitled to sit on any ad hoc committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, may be overruled by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board at a quorate meeting of the Board.
    The Co-Chairs, or Chair and Vice Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, have full voting rights on the CCR Board.
    4.3.2 Secretary
    The Secretary may set agendas for meetings in consultation with the Co-Chairs, or the Chair in
    the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair. The Secretary shall also take and archive minutes of Board meetings and all Annual General Meetings and special meetings of the members and deliver them to the DACA Secretary as required. The minutes of all meetings shall be made available to CCR members without undue delay upon request, after approval by the Board.
    The Secretary has full voting rights on the DACA Board.
    4.3.3 Treasurer
    The Chapter Treasurer shall be responsible, jointly with the Chapter Co-Chairs, or the Chair in the case the Chapter has a Chair and Vice-Chair, for oversight of the Chapter’s financial affairs, including but not limited to serving as a signing authority on the Chapter’s bank account and ensuring regular reporting to the CCR Board and DACA Treasurer on its financial affairs. The Chapter Treasurer shall follow all DA and FEC rules regarding financial affairs.
    The Chapter’s funds may be held within DACA’s accounts, or CCR may hold its funds in a Chapter bank account if available through a bank or trust company of its choice. However, such funds cannot be held by a member personally nor by a member’s business. If CCR holds local funds, it is responsible for taking steps to minimize and/or avoid monthly fees and manage reporting. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all financial matters concerning Chapters shall be under the review and supervision of the Chair and Treasurer of DACA, who shall take into consideration the budget sources, and proposed uses of funds relating to any Chapter.
    The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of CCR a Statement of Income and Expenses and a Balance Sheet based on a fiscal year ending December 31.
    The Treasurer has full voting rights on the CCR Board.
    4.3.4 Volunteer and Membership Coordinator
    The Volunteer and Membership Coordinator shall be responsible for coordinating and developing volunteers for CCR programs and projects. The Coordinator may share responsibilities with a committee. The Coordinator shall coordinate and/or support volunteer outreach activities, and shall report monthly to the Board on their activities.
    The Coordinator has full voting rights on the CCR Board.

    In addition to these officers, we are entitled to elect up to three members-at-large. These officers represent the broader membership and bring to the organization special skills and talents that complement those of the other elected officials on the chapter board (for example, French Language Media Spokesperson). Members-at-large have full voting rights on the CCR Board.


  • DA Vancover – Annual General Meeting 2023

    Democrats Abroad Vancouver will be electing a new Executive Committee of the Board of DA Vancouver at our March 19, 2023 Annual General Meeting which will be held on Zoom this year.

    Nominations should be sent to [email protected] and received by midnight, February 2, 2023. Note that nominations may be made from the floor at the AGM in the event there is no nomination for a position.

    To nominate yourself or others, please include an accompanying letter of no more than 500 words stating the nominee's qualifications, experience, and reason for seeking the office. In addition, the letter must include a confirmation from the nominee that they are: (1) a bona fide US citizen residing in Canada; (2) a member of Democrats Abroad and of the DA-Van chapter; and (3) that they will adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States and Democrats Abroad.

    All nominations should be directed to the nominations committee. The nominations committee includes:

    • Pat Fournier, DA Vancouver Treasurer
    • Rachel Eugster, DPCA Voting Rep/Co-Chair, Canada's Capital Region
    • David Hoyt, DA Vancouver Member and Past Board Member

    Here are brief descriptions of the positions as laid out in the DA-Van bylaws.

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    Chair

    The Chair shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the association, shall call and preside at all general meetings of members as well as of the Executive Committee and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chair represents and is the spokesperson for DA-Van. The Chair may designate and remove additional spokesperson or spokespersons at their discretion. The Chair has full access to necessary documentation, including but not limited to minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization, including financial statements.

    Vice Chair

    In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall call and preside at general meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, with a vote on the Executive Committee. The Vice Chair shall work with the Chair to ensure that all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the organization are supervised and executed appropriately. The Vice Chair shall have the same powers as the Chair insofar as meetings are concerned and where the Chair is not present. Where designated by the Chair, the Vice Chair may act in the Chair’s stead in other matters. The Vice Chair automatically becomes Chair in the event of the loss of the Chair.

    The Vice Chair shall be opposite in gender to the Chair.

    General Secretary

    The General Secretary shall record and file minutes of all meetings and shall keep all such files and administrative records of the organization. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Executive Committee once forwarded to the Chair and / or Vice Chair (in instances of absence by the Chair). At the next regular meeting of the Executive Committee, Executive members will accept the Minutes either as presented or amended, subject to quorum requirements.

    Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter, create and maintain financial reports, manage the DA-Van bank account, and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law. The Treasurer and Chair have signing authority for the DAC-V bank account. The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting of DA-Van a yearly Statement of Income and Expenses.

    Community Outreach Secretary

    The Development and Community Outreach Secretary plans and hosts the three DA-Van standing social events - Thanksgiving (fall), AGM (winter) and Fourth of July (summer), and any other social events of DA-Van. The Development and Community Outreach Secretary also develops relationships in the wider community beyond Democrats Abroad Vancouver, such as developing service projects in the local community. The Development and Community Outreach Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for social and outreach events pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

    Policy Secretary

    The Policy Secretary advises the general membership, through the Executive Committee, on US policy matters from our unique perspective as Americans abroad. The Policy Secretary also recommends opportunities for general membership to participate in U.S. policy-related discussions and activities. The Policy Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for policy pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

    Communications Secretary

    The Communications Secretary holds full responsibility for strategy and execution of all media contact, plus advertising, and reporting through its Committee Chair to the Executive Committee, who must ratify any strategies executed. The Communications Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for communications pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

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    Any questions regarding these elections should be directed to the Chair of DA Vancouver. All nominations should be directed to the nominations committee

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    Dems Abroad Vancouver is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     

    DA Vancouver's Annual General Meeting

    Time: Mar 19, 2023 03:00 PM Vancouver

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84497601139?pwd=V3pjTSsyUlJIL3Q0QWFMcEc4SnJYdz09

    Meeting ID: 844 9760 1139

    Passcode: 961404

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    Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!

    We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad. 

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.

    In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues.  We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

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  • published Call for nominations for chapter leadership! in News 2021-02-28 14:38:03 -0500

    Call for nominations for chapter leadership!

    The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for the officers who will lead the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad for the next two years. We will hold elections for two Chapter Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Volunteer and Membership Outreach Coordinator, and up to three Members-at-Large at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)  on April 20, 2021, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).  The meeting will be held online via Zoom. (Please watch your email for an announcement of the meeting, and a link to register.)

    Nominations close on March 5. Your online ballots will then be emailed to you on April 5 with instructions on how to complete and submit the ballot by April 19.

    The Co-Chairs elected shall be members of opposite gender or gender fluid/non-binary as per the by-laws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    Job descriptions for each office appear below.

    You have 3 options for submitting a nomination.

    - Complete the online nomination form by clicking here

    - Submit a nomination via email

    - Submit a nomination via Canada Post

    Submissions via email may be sent to [email protected]. You can also mail your nomination(s) to:  DAC Capital Chapter Nominations, c/o 323 Knox Crescent, Ottawa, K1G 0K9. 

    An accompanying letter supporting your nominee, or yourself if you are self-nominating, is requested.  It needs to describe skills and experience pertinent to the position (or office) for which you or your nominee is running. A nominee must be a Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region member, a US citizen, a resident within the boundaries of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter, and willing and able to handle duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States. A nominee must give their consent to stand for election.

    As a chapter officer you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually.

    We greatly appreciate your assistance and look forward to receiving your nominations.

    Best regards,Democrats Abroad Canada – Canada’s Capital Region Chapter Nominations & Election Committee

    Nanci Burns
    Carolyn Farquhar
    Tobias Maxwell


    Chapter Chair*

    The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all General Meetings, Special Meetings, and Executive Committee Meetings of the chapter.

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

    The Chapter Chair shall be a voting member of the DA Canada board as Chapter Representative and is responsible for enacting policies as determined by Democrats Abroad Canada (DACA).

    Chapter Vice Chair*

    In the absence of the Chapter Chair, the Chapter Vice Chair shall call and preside at meetings of chapter members and/or officers.

    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 of a different sex to the Chapter Chair (or non-binary), as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

    * Where a chapter customarily elects two co-chairs, these duties and voting privileges are shared between them.  

    Chapter Secretary

    The Chapter Secretary shall distribute required meeting notices, and attend and produce minutes for all chapter meetings. The Chapter Secretary shall maintain all files and administrative records of the chapter in the global wiki per DACA direction. All such records shall be open for inspection by members. Minutes of all meetings shall be approved by those in attendance at the next such meeting (i.e., of the chapter or of its executive).

    The Chapter Secretary shall schedule all meetings. In the case of absence of the Chapter Secretary, the Chapter Chair or Vice Chair (or one of the Co-Chairs) shall designate to another Officer the responsibility to attend and produce the minutes.

    Volunteer and Membership Outreach Coordinator

    The Membership Outreach Coordinator is responsible for welcoming new members, for helping members feel involved, and for recruiting volunteers for specific tasks when required, while using best practices to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy.

    Chapter Treasurer

    The Chapter Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and maintain its financial records per DACA direction. The Chapter Treasurer reports to the chapter Executive and to chapter members, and makes and maintains such financial reports as may be required by DACA. All such records shall be open for inspection by members.

    The Chapter Treasurer shall prepare and present to the AGM of the chapter a Statement of Income and Expenses and a Balance Sheet based on a fiscal year ending December 31.

    Members-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 (for example, French Language Media Spokesperson).


  • Canada's Capital Region Hosts a Virtual Cocktail Party on the Third Tuesday of Every Month

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad has held a Third Tuesday virtual cocktail party. A decided silver lining to the fact that we cannot currently gather in person has been that members throughout our far-flung area have been able to participate in chapter events, some for the first time.

    We try to post an event listing for each event, and hope that you will rsvp to give us a sense of how many people may attend. Note that while we meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on the map.

    To avoid the intrusion of uninvited guests, we will email the log-in information to chapter members on the day of the event. If you don't get chapter emails, you can request this info by email. However, we recommend that you opt in to receiving mail from your local chapter, at least between now and November 3! DA has  recently added a feature that will allow you to choose what kinds of email to receive (chapter, regional. global).


  • Episodes 3 & 4 of Ask an American to Vote are now LIVE!

    Episodes 3 & 4 of the lively new podcast Ask an American to Vote are now live. They can be heard directly at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca, or through most podcast platforms.

    The podcast is aimed at anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can. Co-hosts David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad—hope to reach people, particularly in Canada, who have never exercised the right to vote.

    “Everyone in Canada knows an American,” says Schellenberg. “We want to find those people through their friends and motivate them to vote.”

    Episode 3 features an interview with Lance Lehman about what travelling to Iowa to caucus as a dual Canadian-American citizen was like; about the way he photo-bombed his brother's Yang selfie; and about an exchange with John Kerry involving a Christmas sweater.

    In Episode 4, Rachel and David explore some of the ways in which you can get involved with Democrats Abroad to make a difference (plus a fleeting cat reference).

    “Our Tell An American to Vote podcast is a way to cut through the noise to explain issues of interest to American citizens living outside the U.S.,” says Eugster. “We’re trying to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. We're aiming for something a little bit wonkish and a whole lot of fun.”

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  • Episode 2 of Tell An American to Vote is now live

    Episode 2 of the lively new podcast Tell an American to Vote, is now online. It can be heard directly at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca, or through Spotify or Google Podcasts.

    The podcast is aimed at anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can. Co-hosts David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of the Canada’s Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad—hope to reach people, particularly in Canada, who have never exercised the right to vote.

    “Everyone in Canada knows an American,” says Schellenberg. “We want to find those people through their friends and motivate them to vote.”

    The focus in Episode 2 (recorded January 19) is on encouraging all U.S. citizens outside the country to request their absentee ballots early. “We’re recommending that you do so annually on the Ides of January,” says Eugster. “If you make your request by January 15 through votefromabroad.org, you will get ballots for all elections, primaries, special elections, and recounts in that calendar year.” Adds Schellenberg, “Sometimes, out of the blue, you might get a ballot for an issue like an incremental tax increase to fund a local library.”

    “Our Tell An American to Vote podcast is a way to cut through the noise to explain issues of interest to American citizens living outside the U.S.,” says Eugster. “We’re trying to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. In Episode 2, we even included a tip on how being a cat owner might interfere with the process of requesting your ballot.”

    Schellenberg and Eugster have an easy chemistry in the studio. Both bring professional skills to bear. In his day job, Schellenberg is a host for a popular morning radio program. A theatre artist (among other things), Eugster is no stranger to voice work. The podcast is polished, engaging, and informative. “I hope so!” laughs Eugster. “We’re aiming for something a little bit wonkish and a whole lot of fun.”


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  • DEMOCRATS ABROAD–CANADA LAUNCHES ENTERTAINING NEW PODCAST FOR U.S. CITIZENS LIVING OUTSIDE THE U.S.

    Democrats Abroad Canada has launched Tell an American to Vote, a lively new podcast for anyone who can vote from abroad in American elections, and for those who know someone who can.

    In the first episode, David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster—chair and vice-chair of DA's Canada’s Capital Region chapter—tackle DA’s presidential primary and the role of DA members in ensuring that the candidates they favor will appear on the DA primary ballot. The deadline to be included on the ballot is January 6, with the primary itself following March 3-10.

    “Over the next few episodes, we’ll be discussing issues and opportunities of interest to American citizens living in other countries,” says Schellenberg. Adds Eugster, “The intention is to anticipate questions and demystify the process of voting from abroad. We’re particularly interested in reaching those who have never exercised their right to vote.”

    Tell an American to Vote can be heard at https://anchor.fm/demsabroadca.


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