Canada Country Chair / DPCA Voting Rep / Canada LGBT Caucus Lead

  • Edmonton Chapter Notice of Annual General Meeting + Candidate statements

    NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021
    2:00 PM Mountain Time on WebEx

    The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada - Edmonton
    invites you to attend your Annual General Meeting

    The AGM is an opportunity for chapter leaders to report to the membership on the activities for the previous year.

    During the AGM, elections for the chapter leadership for the 2021-23 term will take place.

    A Call for Nominations was distributed to the members on Feb. 8th and you can access Candidate Statements by clicking here.

    Some offices did not receive nominations, which will be open for nominations from the floor during the AGM. Only members present in the AGM will be able to vote for any nominations from the floor. Ballots will be distributed on March 13th. If you are interested in an office without a declared candidate please send an email to the Nominations & Elections Committee prior to March 12th.

    Democratically yours,

    DemsAbroad Canada - Edmonton
    Nominations & Elections Committee

    Marnelle Dragila, Chair
    Steve Nardi, Teller of Elections

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE AGM


  • Niagara Region Chapter 2020 Annual General Meeting

    DACA Niagara Region

    NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
    1:00 PM EDT on WebEx

    The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada - Niagara Region
    invites you to attend your Annual General Meeting

    The AGM is an opportunity for chapter leaders to report to the membership on the activities for the previous year.

    During the AGM, elections for the chapter leadership for the 2021-23 term will take place.

    A Call for Nominations was distributed to the members on Feb. 1st, and you can access Candidate Statements by clicking here.

    Some offices did not receive nominations, which will be open for nominations from the floor during the AGM. Only members present in the AGM will be able to vote for any nominations from the floor. Ballots will be distributed March 5th. If you are interested in an office without a declared candidate please send an email to the Nominations & Elections Committee prior to March 4th.

    Democratically yours,

    DemsAbroad Canada - Niagara Region
    Nominations & Elections Committee

    Steve Nardi, Chair
    Ed Ungar
    Julie Buchanan, Teller of Elections

    RSVP BELOW FOR THE AGM TO RECEIVE THE WEBEX DETAILS

    WHEN
    March 20, 2021 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Online via the WebEx platform
    4310 Queen St
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X5
    Canada
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  • Notice of Niagara Region Chapter 2020 Annual General Meeting

    DemsAbroad Niagara Region

    NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
    1:00 PM EDT on WebEx

    The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada - Niagara Region
    invites you to attend your Annual General Meeting

    The AGM is an opportunity for chapter leaders to report to the membership on the activities for the previous year.

    During the AGM, elections for the chapter leadership for the 2021-23 term will take place.

    A Call for Nominations was distributed to the members on Feb. 1st and you can access Candidate Statements by clicking here.

    Some offices did not receive nominations, which will be open for nominations from the floor during the AGM. Only members present in the AGM will be able to vote for any nominations from the floor. Ballots will be distributed March 5th. If you are interested in an office without a declared candidate please send an email to the Nominations & Elections Committee prior to March 4th.

    Democratically yours,

    DemsAbroad Canada - Niagara Region
    Nominations & Elections Committee

    Steve Nardi, Chair
    Ed Ungar
    Julie Buchanan, Teller of Elections

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE AGM


  • Call for Nominations - Become a leader in DemsAbroad Windsor

    The Democratic Party had tremendous wins taking back Congress and the Presidency! 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 Windsor Chapter
    is to elect our Board for the 2021-2023 term.

    The Windsor Chapter was reactivated during the 2020 election cycle, and we believe there are a number of members interested in seeing a sustainable chapter. You may serve a leadership role from anywhere in the chapter, whether you live in Windsor, Leamington, Chatham-Kent, or anywhere in the surrounding area. As the Nominations and Elections Committee, we invite you to learn about the Board positions, and to consider a nomination.

    Eligibility: American citizens residing in Canada, legal voting age, a member in good standing of the Democrats Abroad Canada – Windsor chapter, and willing and able to handle the duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    Terms are two (2) years. As a Board member you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually. A Board member who has served two consecutive terms in the same office may only be nominated for a third term from the floor during the AGM by the members present, should no other candidate be nominated for that office. Please refer to the Democrats Abroad Canada Bylaws for more details.

    Here are actions you can take:

      • The deadline for submitting a nomination is 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

      • Nominate yourself, or a fellow Democrats Abroad - Windsor member, with their permission, by completing the Nomination form at this link.
        • Include a Candidate Statement of 300 words or less. Tell us about your reasons for running and any applicable experience within Democrats Abroad or elsewhere. Include social media handles.
        • Alternatively, you may send a written Candidate Nomination through postal mail. You must include
          • Your name, email address & phone number
          • Name & contact details of the member being nominated, and the office being nominated for. Consent must be received by the member if nominating someone other than yourself.
          • Candidate Statement
          • Send to          DemsAbroad Windsor Nominations
                                  c/o S Nardi
                                  1153 Mirada Pl
                                  Mississauga, ON L5H 3B6
          • Nomination forms mailed must be received by 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

    Look for important updates in the future. The AGM Notice and Candidate Statements will be published Mar. 11th and the ballot will be distributed on Mar. 26th.

    Email the Nominating and Elections Committee with any questions!

    Democracy needs our time, talents, and votes! 

    Thank you!

    DemsAbroad Canada – Windsor Chapter
    Nominations and Election Committee

    Marnelle Dragila, Chair
    Randi Weitzner
    Steve Nardi, Teller of Elections


  • Call for Nominations - Become a leader in DemsAbroad Edmonton

    What a wonderful Inauguration Week we recently 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 Edmonton Chapter
    is to elect our Board for the 2021-2023 term.

    You may serve a leadership role from anywhere in the chapter, whether you live in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Jasper, or Lacombe. As the Nominations and Elections Committee, we invite you to learn about the Board positions and to consider a nomination.

    Eligibility: American citizens residing in Canada, legal voting age, a member in good standing of the Democrats Abroad Canada – Edmonton chapter, and willing and able to handle the duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    Terms are two (2) years. As a Board member you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually. A Board member who has served two consecutive terms in the same office may only be nominated for a third term from the floor during the AGM by the members present, should no other candidate be nominated for that office. Please refer to the Democrats Abroad Canada Bylaws for more details.

    Here are actions you can take:

      • The deadline for submitting a nomination is 11:59 PM ET Monday, February 22, 2021.

      • Nominate yourself, or a fellow Democrats Abroad - Edmonton member, with their permission, by completing the Nomination form at this link.
        • Include a Candidate Statement of 300 words or less. Tell us about your reasons for running and any applicable experience within Democrats Abroad or elsewhere. Include social media handles.
        • Alternatively, you may send a written Candidate Nomination through postal mail. You must include
          • Your name, email address & phone number
          • Name & contact details of the member being nominated, and the office being nominated for. Consent must be received by the member if nominating someone other than yourself.
          • Candidate Statement
          • Send to          DemsAbroad Edmonton Nominations
                                  c/o S Nardi
                                  1153 Mirada Pl
                                  Mississauga, ON L5H 3B6
          • Nomination forms mailed must be received by 11:59 PM ET Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

    Look for important updates in the future. The AGM Notice and Candidate Statements will be published Feb. 26th and the ballot will be distributed on Mar. 13th.

    Email the Nominating and Elections Committee with any questions!

    Democracy needs our time, talents, and votes! 

    Thank you!

    DemsAbroad Canada – Edmonton Chapter
    Nominations and Elections Committee


  • Call for Nominations - Become a leader in DemsAbroad Niagara Region

    What a wonderful Inauguration Week we recently 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 Niagara Region Chapter is to elect our Board for the 2021-2023 term.

    The Niagara Region Chapter was reactivated during the 2020 election cycle, and we believe there are a number of members who are interested in seeing the chapter be sustainable. You may serve a leadership role from anywhere in the chapter, whether you live in Niagara Falls, Thorold, or Beamsville. As the Nominations and Elections Committee, we invite you to learn about the Board positions and to consider a nomination.

    Eligibility: American citizens residing in Canada, legal voting age, a member in good standing of the Democrats Abroad Canada – Niagara Region chapter, and willing and able to handle the duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    Terms are two (2) years. As a Board member you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually. A Board member who has served two consecutive terms in the same office may only be nominated for a third term from the floor during the AGM by the members present, should no other candidate be nominated for that office. Please refer to the Democrats Abroad Canada Bylaws for more details.

    Here are actions you can take:

    • Learn about the Officer positions

    • Attend the Candidate Information Session

      • Join Chapter leaders for an informational Q&A session for members to learn about what’s involved. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 1:00 PM ET on WebEx      CLICK HERE TO RSVP for access details

    • Complete the Nomination & Candidate Statement form

      • The deadline for submitting a nomination is 11:59 PM ET Sunday, February 14, 2021.

      • Nominate yourself, or a fellow Democrats Abroad - Niagara Region member, with their permission, by completing the Nomination form at this link.

        • Include a Candidate Statement of 300 words or less. Tell us about your reasons for running and any applicable experience within Democrats Abroad or elsewhere. Include social media links.

        • Alternatively, you may send a written Candidate Nomination through postal mail. You must include

          • Your name, email address & phone number

          • Name & contact details of the member being nominated if someone else. Consent must be received by the member if nominating someone other than yourself.

          • Office nominated for

          • Candidate Statement

          • Send to       DemsAbroad Niagara Nominations
                                  c/o S Nardi
                                  1153 Mirada Pl
                                  Mississauga, ON L5H 3B6

          • Nomination forms mailed must be received by 11:59 PM ET Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

    Look for important updates in the future. The AGM Notice and Candidate Statements will be published Feb. 18th, and the ballot will be distributed on Mar. 5th.

    Email the Nominations and Elections Committee with any questions!

    Democracy needs our time, talents, and votes!

    Thank you!

    Nominations and Elections Committee
    Democrats Abroad Canada, Niagara Region


  • Your help is needed to rescue votes in Georgia thru Jan 8th!

    Georgia voters challenged

    You can rescue votes in Georgia no matter where you are - thru Jan 8.  

    Literally, thousands of Democrat voters in GA are calling the Democratic voter hotline because they are finding that they’re facing issues when they try to vote.  The Democratic Party can help them resolve the issues so their vote will count -- but needs volunteers like us to call these voters back one-by-one for assistance.

    This is a “high value” volunteer opportunity.  “There’s a direct payoff.  Every person I reach becomes a vote gained,” says DA Canada member David Mivasair, who’s been doing this since Election Day.  “ And, I’m afraid that everyone we don’t reach is a lost vote.  Thousands are calling for help and waiting to hear from us.”

    The Democratic Party of Georgia has a very effective system and simply needs people like us to make the calls.

    Read more

  • DemsAbroad Canada Chair, Steve Nardi, responds to Donald Trump’s attack on American democracy

    Moments after we heard Donald Trump’s horrific attack on American democracy Thursday night, I appeared on CTV News Channel with Jennifer Burke, and the Chair of Republicans Overseas Canada to discuss the ongoing vote count and Trump’s blatant undermining of American democracy.

    I’ll let the video say the rest.


  • Steve Nardi, DemsAbroad Canada Chair, talks with CTV News on the need to count every vote

    The night after election day, as Chair of DemsAbroad Canada, I spoke with Marella Fernandez of CTV News on the variety of creative and legacy-type initiatives DemsAbroad Canada undertook to reach the est. 625k Americans living across Canada eligible to vote in the 2020 election to cast their ballot.

    Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers contributing thousands of hours of their time, resulting in a greater than 250% increase in DemsAbroad Canada members' ballot requests, my prediction is that the 2020 vote from Americans in Canada will double the 2016 results. I am immensely proud of every person who contributed to this success!

    I also talk to the need to count every vote, to let the process work the way it's supposed to. Each person has a right to have their vote counted. It was well known in advance that it was improbable to have an outcome on election night due to the historic millions of mail-in ballots to be counted. Neither candidate nor the media declares the election winner. The winner is determined by the declared results from each of the 50 states.

    We wrap up the conversation with concerns for what the next two months could be like should Joe Biden be declared the winner as expected and any comparison between the 2000 election and 2020. For reference, the Ex is Ontario's "state fair" held in Toronto for the last two weeks of August.


  • Access a 50% discount on shipping with UPS Canada through 2024

    UPS

    If you vote from AL, AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, or WI, you must return your ballot by mail or express courier.

    It’s too late to drop off your ballot at the Embassy or Consulate, and questionable timing if sending by postal mail but don’t despair. UPS has special discount rates for large associations in Canada and as a member of Democrats Abroad Canada, you can now obtain this discount rate, with up to 50% savings off published shipping rates*. This is an ongoing savings benefit – it does not expire on Nov. 3rd!

    You'll save on the following shipping services:

    • Save 50% on shipping within Canada, to the U.S. and to Worldwide destinations.*
    • Save 50% on shipments imported into Canada.*

    Also included:

    • Save 30% on Brokerage Entry Preparation Fee.
    • Weekly Service Charge (Automatic Daily Pickup) – 100% waiver.
    • UPS On-Call Pickup® service – 100% waiver. Freight Collect 3rd Party Surcharge – 100% discount.
    • Ship to a UPS Access Point® Location fee (within Canada) – 100% waiver.

    CLICK HERE for full program details (Being a benefit available for members of DemsAbroad Canada, you need to sign in with your DemsAbroad login)

    (After you log in, you may have to scroll down the screen to locate the UPS information)

    You'd like access to the members discount but you're not a member of Democrats Abroad Canada? It's fast, easy and free to join by CLICKING HERE.

     


  • Too late to drop your ballot at the Embassy or Consulates

    Too late to drop ballots at Embassy's & Consulates

    If you're planning on sending in a paper ballot or vote from the following mail-in only states, it's now too late to drop your ballot into the diplomatic pouch at the embassy or consulates. But you can still get your ballot to the U.S. through various express courier services in Canada.

    • AL, AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI

  • wants to volunteer 2020-10-13 22:17:51 -0400

    Volunteer

    Join our tiny actions team and receive regular emails outlining actions you can take to support issues that matter to Democrats and our allies. 

    Democrats Abroad's country committees need local volunteers. Volunteer by clicking on the "Countries" tab above, find your country, and contact your leaders directly.

    Do you want to help at a global level? We have more than a dozen global teams that work to keep our organization running. 

    Our global teams provide get out the vote help, communications, technology support and more to the all the grass roots volunteers working at the local level in Democrats Abroad. Regardless of where you live there is a team that needs your talent and dedication. Now is the time to join fellow Democrats and help fight for what's right. Any questions, write us at [email protected]

    Please check out our global team opportunities.

     

    Become a volunteer

  • "Love Letter to the USA" by DemsAbroad Canada member Lynn Harrison

    It is our absolute pleasure to share this song written/performed by Lynn Harrison, a member of DemsAbroad Canada, and an Iowa voter. If you feel you've been away from the U.S. so long that you shouldn't vote, this one's for you.

    A musical reflection on the importance of absentee voting in the 2020 US election. Thank you, Lynn!


  • donated via 2020-09-18 03:24:48 -0400

    A conversation with Nicco Mele on “Politics Journalism and the Threats to Both”

    Your generous donation, whether small or large, will be greatly appreciated and will have a direct impact at this critical time. Every US Dollar will benefit Democrats Abroad Get Out the Vote efforts[Mobile device users, please scroll down to donate!]

    Nicco_Mele.jpg

    Nicco Mele is managing director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence. Online event Thurs., Sept. 24th at 8:30pm EDT via the Zoom platform!

    Thank you for your consideration and support!

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

     

     

    Donate

  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN QUEBEC CITY

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN OTTAWA

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Embassy:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN CALGARY

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN MONTREAL

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN TORONTO

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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