Canada Membership Secretary / DPCA Voting Rep / Vancouver Chapter Immediate Past Chair

  • donated via 2021-07-11 00:59:39 -0400

    Make "Good Trouble"

    and Save Our Democracy!

    A fundraiser in celebration of the life and work of the late Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John R. Lewis.


    Democrats Abroad is commemorating Congressman John Lewis with two online screenings of the documentary "John Lewis - Get in the Way" on July 11, various actions days after Congress resumes legislative business, and a Forum on July 17, the one-year anniversary of his passing.

    Often described as the conscience of the Congress, John Lewis was a friend to Democrats Abroad. To raise funds for DA’s GOTV efforts, we ask everyone—whether you attend or not—to donate $19.65—or for those who wish to be a Gold Star Supporter, $80 representing the 80 years of John Lewis’ extraordinary, courageous life.

    Please join Democrats Abroad to honor the memory of John Lewis and carry forward the flame of his dedication to voting rights for all.


    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad and not to any candidate or candidate's committee.  Donations to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) can only be made by American citizens and lawful Permanent Residents.  Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible for Federal income tax purposes.




  • donated via 2021-06-18 16:44:59 -0400

    Global Black Caucus For The Win


    Help Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus fight for our democracy in 2021 and beyond.

    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and support the Biden/Harris Administration in the mid-term elections.



    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.


  • donated 2021-05-02 09:56:13 -0400

    2021 Global Annual Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are only possible thanks to participant donations. Our meetings are not sponsored by donations from corporations, PACs, other organizations within the Democratic party, etc. Suggested Donation for participating in our 2021 virtual global meeting is only $46 USD.

    Got extra cash from your travel savings by attending this year's meeting "virtually"? – Use some of those savings to add to your donation and Click on the box with the amount you wish to donate or enter a different amount under "Other $" –  and hit that donate button.

    Thank YOU for your generous support!!!


    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.


  • donated 2021-03-05 20:39:32 -0500

    $2,024.89 raised
    GOAL: $2,021.00

    Kendra Borgen's 2021 Birthday Fundraiser

    Having volunteered in politics since I was a teenager I have found a wonderful home within Democrats Abroad – an all volunteer organization.

    We run on blood, sweat, tears, & donations!

    During my time in Democrats Abroad leadership I’ve noticed how expensive it is to be involved. Going to regional and global meetings is fundamental in getting good work done and is important and instrumental in team building. However, it comes at each individual’s own expense.

    I believe everyone should be able to volunteer at the highest level and want to help keep these meetings accessible to people, who may not be as financially flexible, by fundraising for Democrats Abroad Travel Fund.

    I had hoped to spend my 40th Birthday in an exotic location but luckily I’m in Amsterdam and you can help me celebrate my 40th birthday virtually. Please help me reach my fundraising goal: $2021 in 2021 

    Got $40 for my 40th? – Or even $4, or $400 if you’re so inclined –  hit that donate button.


    I cannot wait until we can celebrate in person together again.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.


  • donated via 2020-06-22 22:12:38 -0400

    Online webinar: The Basics of Cross-Border Estate Planning for Americans Living in Canada


    Support the Democrats Abroad get out the vote efforts in 2020 with a suggested donation of at least $10 USD.

    It’s going to be a crucial election requiring Democrats Abroad to rely heavily on phone banking and social media campaigns to reach the millions of eligible American voters living abroad.

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar!


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

  • published Phonebankers Needed in News 2020-05-14 10:47:53 -0400

    Phonebankers Needed

    In June, DA Vancouver will be phonebanking our members in BC to confirm they have requested their ballots to vote in November.
    Please go to the DA phonebanking page to sign up and do the easy training so you can help us.
    It is simple and satisfying talking to other Dems in BC. And you can do it in your spare time.
    We will need every vote we can get to defeat the GOP up and down the ballot!
    Questions? Susan Brennan, Vancouver Chair

  • Pajama Jam Virtual Meeting: Movie Night May 11, 6 p.m. PDT

    We're excited to announce a virtual showing of the film, "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" next Monday evening!
    Showtime: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) on Monday, May 11th.
    Film Duration: 38 minutes

    Location: Zoom call (register for details)
    Sign up here
    Note: please keep clicking through until you get a "Thanks for your order!" message. The Zoom details will be provided in the Eventbrite confirmation email.
    We will begin our event with the film and follow it (after a short break) with some open-ended discussion.
    The film is free to watch on YouTube, so you can watch it ahead of time and just join in for the discussion, or watch it simultaneously if you want the best video quality. The Zoom chat will be open for everyone to participate in during the film, as well.
    This showing is part of our weekly Pajama Jam Zoom series. After the film portion of our event, we'll move on to our regular "open mic" segment.
    See you all there!

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  • Kitchen Table Talk for DA Vancouver members Dec. 7, 1 pm in Yaletown

    Kitchen Table Talks are small group events held by our members to talk about policy issues that matter to Americans abroad.

    Some of the issues you might want to discuss:  Climate, Democracy, Economy, Equal Rights, Immigration, Health Care, Poverty, and Taxation.

    DA Vancouver's Policy Secretary, Darius Pruss, will be leading the meeting, and your feedback can help shape the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform.

    Find out more:

    December 07, 2019 at 1pm - 2:30pm
    Roundhouse Community Centre
    181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
    Google map and directions
    Susan Brennan · [email protected]

  • published Lights for Liberty Vigil in News 2019-07-13 11:21:45 -0400

    Lights for Liberty Vigil

    Thanks to DA Vancouver member Melek Ortabasi and her partner Cliff Ng for organizing the Lights For Liberty vigil up at SFU's Richard Bolton Park. The road closure made it a bit difficult to find but we had 35-40 stalwarts.
    Our message is clear: Close the detention camps. Treat asylum seekers with dignity. Recognize the valuable contributions of refugees and illegal immigrants to American society and the military.
    #LightsForLiberty #CloseTheCamps #DemocratsAbroad #DAResists


  • donated 2019-03-29 08:55:57 -0400

  • donated 2019-02-16 11:53:13 -0500



    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.

    Candice Kerestan, International Chair - Democrats Abroad

    Donate to Democrats Abroad today and help us register Americans all over the world for the crucial 2022 elections, reach out on issues that concern you, and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we will make the difference. 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!

    If you want to make a recurring monthly donation - these are VERY useful - or if you want to donate using PayPal or Amex, please go to our ActBlue donation page.

    If you are unable to contribute online, send us a US Dollar check with this form to the following address.

    Democrats Abroad
    PO Box 15130
    Washington DC 20003

    Thank you for your support!

    Online credit card contributions made to Democrats Abroad are secure, encrypted transactions made via Stripe.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.


  • published US Tax Seminar in Vancouver, March 9 at 11 a.m. in News 2019-02-08 10:21:59 -0500

    US Tax Seminar in Vancouver, March 9 at 11 a.m.

    JPS Financial Services will present their popular US Tax Seminar on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. This year is a "must attend" - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed US tax law in 2018.

    Major changes include a standard deduction that has practically doubled but also includes elimination of personal exemption amounts and important changes you'll want to know if you itemize deductions.

    This Seminar is critical for US citizens in Canada who would like a comprehensive overview for filing US taxes and informational forms for the 2018 tax year.

    Topics to be covered include:

         - TCJA changes taking affect for the 2018 tax year

         - Who needs to be aware of US tax compliance

         - Tax basics for US Citizens in Canada

         - Common scenarios and forms that need to be filed

         - Estates and Gifts

    Join us at Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries, Vancouver, V5P 3A2. Cost of the seminar is $20 -- and you must register in advance.

    Buy tickets at or mail a $20 cheque of money order made out to "Democrats Abroad Vancouver" to JPS Financial Services, 205 - 2248 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2B2.

    Very sorry, no "at the door" registrations accepted at this event because handouts will be pre-printed for participants.

  • DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting Upcoming on January 26

    Please mark down Saturday, January 26, 2019, on your calendar and come out to the DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting at the Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver, BC, V5P 3A2 (near Knight & 35th). The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Refreshments will be served (in case you need more inspiration to come).

    Please bring your ideas about how we can get more ex-pat Americans to register and vote in the 2020 US election.

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  • wants to volunteer 2017-11-30 08:47:43 -0500


    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

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  • donated 2016-01-28 00:11:46 -0500

    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.


I have been a member of DA since 2002 and an officer with the Vancouver chapter since 2012. My aim is to inform as many ex-pat Americans as possible about exercising their voting rights.