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  • DA Canada Candidates' Forum--Your Opportunity to Question the Candidates

    Meet the Candidates

    DemsAbroad Canada is electing its leadership for the 2021-23 term. 

    Want to know more about a candidate and their hopes, ideas, and plans for DA Canada, DemsAbroad, and getting out the vote in 2022? Want to brainstorm and give your input directly to the candidates?

    The Nominations & Elections Committee is hosting two Candidates’ Forums. The sessions will take place via Zoom.

    Click here for the Candidate Statements

    Ballots will go out on Sunday, April 11th and must be returned by Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 PM ET.

    Thank you for your interest in DA Canada and the Democratic Party!

    Scroll down to RSVP for Wednesday, April 14th @ 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT

    CLICK HERE to RSVP for Sunday, April 11th @ 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

    Best regards,

    DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

    Larry Rousseau, Chair
    Heidi Burch
    Tim Ellis
    Devbani Raha
    Peter Tesche, Teller of Elections
    John Yee, Technical Advisor

    Zoom access details will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email.

    WHEN
    April 14, 2021 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Online via the Zoom platform
    110 Laurier Ave W
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
    Canada
    Google map and directions
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  • Third Tuesday: Canada's Capital Region's 2021 AGM and Officer Elections

    In April, our monthly Third Tuesday event will be devoted to our AGM and chapter elections. Join us for reports from the year past, and to elect our leadership for the next two years. Canadidate statements have been sent out to all chapter members by email. If you didn't receive them, please let us know.

    Please RSVP below. Your reservation confirmation will include the link to the Zoom meeting. (While we do indeed meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on DA's Events map.)

    WHEN
    April 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    ONLINE ZOOM MEETING (using Parliament's mailing address enables the event to appear on DA's event map)
    1 Wellington St
    Ottawa, ON K1A0A6
    Canada
    Google map and directions
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  • published In tribute to my mother and grandmother in ERA Stories 2021-03-24 20:29:09 -0400

    In tribute to my mother and grandmother

    I support the ERA in tribute to my maternal forbears. My grandmother, the daughter of immigrants, was born into a world that did not accord women the right to vote—an injustice she fought to reverse. Her daughter, my mother, a progressive thinker and self-described radical, nevertheless viewed the ERA as first proposed as unnecessary, having absorbed the legal principle from her father (a judge) that a redundant law is a bad law. She later came to realize—as we have seen demonstrated time and again—that being included by implication is not being included at all. It’s long past time to enshrine the ERA into law, for my mother and my grandmother, my sisters and nieces—and for my sons and nephew. --Rachel Eugster, living in Canada, voting in Massachusetts


  • 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).


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    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 

    DA members from across the globe will be calling voters to secure their ballots but they need your help: giving today guarantees that we have the resources we need to win at the state level, take back the Senate, and remove Donald Tr**p in 2020. Give today!

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  • 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).


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    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us register Americans all over the world for the 2021 and 2022, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we MADE the difference in 2020! And in Georgia in 2021! And we will continue to fight for Democratic victories and for issues that our members care about!

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  • 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.”

    Lance Lehman photobombs his brother's selfie at the Iowa caucuses with then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang.


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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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