Global Treasurer, Democrats Abroad | Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Canada | Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee Member

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  • rsvped for Larry Cohen Webinar 2020-07-02 08:01:02 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Webinar with Larry Cohen

    Join Democrats Abroad as we speak with Our Revolution Chairperson Larry Cohen on Wednesday, July 8, at 9 am Eastern (Washington, DC time). 

    Larry will talk with Democrats Abroad members about the upcoming elections, the successes of Our Revolution in reforming the Presidential primary process, and the Democratic Party Platform.  Larry is the former chair of the Communications Workers of America union. He joined the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2015 and Our Revolution in 2016. He headed up the "Sanders" team in the negotiations on changes to the rules for the2020 Democratic National  Convention, including reducing the number of "super-delegates" and reducing their role in the selection of the nominee.  He is a member of the Democratic National Committee.

    To join the call, just RSVP below. Once you RSVP, you will receive an email with instructions about joining the webinar as well as how you can submit questions to Mr. Cohen.

    And while you are doing that, consider joining Larry Cohen in supporting our voter mobilization efforts with a $10 donation (or more!). Donations large or small will help us win in 2020. Please consider donating today.

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    July 08, 2020 at 9am
    WHERE
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  • signed up on AAPI Signup 2020-06-27 10:59:31 -0400

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

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    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.
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  • donated via 2020-06-19 10:10:08 -0400

    Global Black Caucus For The Win

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    Help Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus fight for our democracy in 2020.

    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and vote out our current regime.

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    #BlackLivesMatter

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

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  • donated via 2020-06-27 10:39:14 -0400

    $205.40 raised
    GOAL: $2,020.00

    LGBTQ+ FUNdraiser Virtual Dance Party!!!

    Join our Global LGBTQ+ Virtual Dance Party and show your support for our Democrats Abroad Get Out the Vote Campaign in 2020!

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    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • donated 2020-06-09 11:17:42 -0400

    Join Howard Dean and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Get Out the Vote"

    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. 
    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.
    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.
    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.
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  • donated via 2020-06-19 11:18:27 -0400

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    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.

     

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • published DAROK CAREs about your taxes Donation page 2020-05-22 19:48:02 -0400

    DAROK CAREs about Your Taxes

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    Getting out the vote in this crucial election under the current circumstances is going to require new or expanded methods for reaching Americans living abroad and delivering the votes in close elections we’re known for.

    While there is no donation requirement to attend, we hope you’ll consider a donation of $10 - and help reach around 50 potential voters! 

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

    Donations for this event will go to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and will be used for Democrats Abroad's global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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

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  • published DA Pub Quiz Fun(draiser) 2020-05-20 13:42:54 -0400

    Global Pub Quiz Fun(draiser)

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    We're looking forward to meeting your team -- or matching you with other Democrats around the world.

    For each round we'll send out a google form for you to fill in the answers. Volunteers will grade each round and the winning team(s) will receive never-ending fame and fortune.*

    Ninety percent of the funds raised from this event will go directly to GOTV. Did you know that just $5 USD can reach 125 voters?

    The other ten percent will go to DA's travel fund. As a young-ish volunteer without disposable income I can tell you the #1 issue with getting involved at a higher level of commitment is being unable to afford to travel to the regional and global meetings. It's important to show up in person as it helps build relationships we need to keep up the good work. We want to have a big tent party and that perhaps means helping our younger or income-sensitive volunteers to be part of the organization. 

    Date: Saturday May 30th  |  Where: RSVP for ZOOM link!
    Quiz Start: 7:30pm (CEST / Paris time)

    For any questions about Democrats Abroad Pub Quiz, please contact DANL's Andrew Tucker: andrewdemsabroadnl@gmail.com

    You can help by making a donation for this great event, so reserve your place as soon as possible!

    *fame and fortune not guaranteed!

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

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  • donated 2020-06-16 16:24:00 -0400

    Drag Bingo FUN(draiser)!

    Pride events around the world have been canceled, but Pride remains. Join a global virtual Drag Queen Bingo evening and help support DA’s phone banking efforts! Your $10 donation will help us call 50 voters!!!

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

     

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  • donated 2020-05-10 16:05:47 -0400

    Cleve Jones "This is Not My First Pandemic"

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    Cleve Jones will speak about "This is not my first pandemic" to Democrats Abroad in a webinar hosted by Solidarity Sundays Austria and the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTI Caucus.  

    Cleve will discuss and draw the parallels between the AIDS and COVID-19 government then and now. Both pandemics began with a Republican president in the White House who did not perceive the gravity of the situation and failed to lead the country. Please make a donation today and make a difference with Democrats Abroad!

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

     

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  • Lissette F. Wright (Canada) Sanders PLEO Delegate Candidate

    I’m a GPP #SandersVoter ready-to-serve as #SandersPLEO to achieve a unified-and-progressive party-platform to be spearheaded by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Inspired by my DA peers, I humbly request your vote to represent and join the #DADelegation exert influence at the 2020 Democratic National Convention for #MedicareForAll, #DecentLivingWages, #PeopleOverProfits, the #GreenNewDeal, #ResidencyBasedTaxation and a government #ForThePeople that also represents #AmericansAbroad. I’m a Nicaraguan-born-NYer who understands the power of diversity, inclusion and unity. I’m a Latinx-daughter of a progressive single-mother enriched by my multi-cultural, mixed-race heritage and proud of the historical role of Hispanics in America. As a student-activist, I protested CUNY budget-cuts and canvased with NYPIRG. Later, professionally at Planned Parenthood, I managed grants for LAC communities. (about.me/lissettefwright/) |2017-2021 DA-Global-Treasurer/DA-Canada-Treasurer/DPCA-Voting-Rep |2017-Present #DAHispanicCaucus Founding and Steering-Committee Member |2017-2018 Helped organize the #DACanadaDelegation to #WomensMarchWashington and #MarchForOurLives |2015-Present #DemocratsAbroadVolunteer |2012-2015 Moved-to-Canada and built #AffordableHomes with #HabitatForHumanity.


  • New Democrats Abroad Chapter Leadership Elected in Ottawa

    Members of the Democrats Abroad Canada Chapter in the National Capital Region elected New Chapter Leadership on June 26, 2019.

    2019-2021 National Capital Region Chapter Board* elected by acclamation!

    Chapter Chair: David Schellenberg

    Chapter Vice-Chair: Rachel Eugster

    Chapter Secretary: John Klenk

    Chapter Member-at-Large/French Media Contact: Larry Rouseau**

    [*] No further nominations were received or heard for the following Chapter Officer positions: Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator.

    [**] Larry Rousseau resigned in good faith from his position as Chapter NEC Teller of Elections. There being no nominations for Member-at-Large/French Media Contact, Larry was nominated from the floor. Without further nominations, Larry accepted the nomination and was therefore acclaimed to the position of Member-at-Large/French Media Contact.

    The membership is informed that any member of the Democrats Abroad Canada - National Capital Region Chapter who wishes to challenge any election result may do so by submitting an email to Lissette Wright, Chapter NEC Chair. All challenges must be submitted by July 26, 2019. 

    LET’S TAKE ACTION AND GET INVOLVED!

    Respectfully submitted by Lissette Wright, Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee [NEC] of the National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada.

    P.S.  Know anyone else that would like to volunteer for Democrats Abroad in the Ottawa areaClick here and invite them to our next Presidential Primary Debate Viewing!

     


  • National Capital Region Chapter AGM, Elections and Primary Debate Viewing on June 26

    Please join us to welcome the 2019-2021 National Capital Region Chapter Board of Democrats Abroad Canada to be acclaimed if officer positions remain uncontested:

    Candidate for Chapter Chair and Member at Large/English Media Contact: David Schellenberg
    Chapter Chair 2017-2019 | DPCA Voting Representative for Democrats Abroad Canada | Together we win! | https://twitter.com/DSchellenberg | Votes in Iowa.

    Candidate for Chapter Vice-Chair: Rachel Eugster 
    Born in Washington, D.C., Rachel Eugster has lived in and voted from Baltimore, Maryland; Sperryville, Virginia; and (currently) Boston, Massachusetts.  A resident of Ottawa for the past 20+ years and a naturalized Canadian citizen, Rachel has not yet lived in Canada for as long as she lived in the U.S.  Rachel has been an active member of Democrats Abroad since early 2008, and previously served as an ExCom advisory member for the National Capital Chapter.  Having been elected as a DPCA Voting Representative for DA Canada this past March, Rachel participated in her first Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Washington, D.C., in May 2019.  Prior to that, she and her husband drove across the border into upstate New York in November 2018, and spent a few days leading up to the U.S. midterms helping to get out the vote for Anthony Brindisi in his ultimately successful quest to turn a red seat blue (NY-22).  Rachel is active as a volunteer and in local Canadian politics, while maintaining a very busy “patchwork” career as a performer, director, writer, and editor. | http://RachelEugster.com | Votes in Massachusetts. 

    Candidate for Chapter Secretary: John Klenk
    Chapter Secretary 2017-2019 | John Klenk feels he can provide assistance based on his professional work experience, specifically leading seminars and training sessions in the past. John was born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, came to Canada to attend the University of Ottawa and have called Ottawa home for 11 years. John is proud to be American born and raised, and feels strongly about his right to remain politically active no matter where he may live in the world. | Votes in Pennsylvania.

    The Chapter NEC did not receive any nominations for the following Chapter Officers: Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator and Member at Large/French Media Contact.

    Additional Chapter Board positions remain open [click here for job descriptions]. You will have an opportunity to make floor nominations for all officer positions and vote in person!

    DATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    TIME: 7:30 PM for Chapter AGM

    TIME: 9:00 PM for Night One of Presidential Primary Debate Viewing

    PLACE: The Heart & Crown in the Byward Market, in The Black Rose room, 67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5.

    LET’S TAKE ACTION AND GET INVOLVED!

    Democratically Yours,
    Lissette Wright, NEC Chair
    Larry Rousseau, NEC Teller of Elections
    National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada
    Nominations & Elections Committee

    P.S.  Know anyone else that would like to volunteer for Democrats Abroad in the Ottawa area?  Invite them to this meeting!


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    Democrats Abroad Spain - 70 Donors for 2020

    In honor of my 70th Birthday, we are looking for 70 generous donors from Spain to help us kick-start our 2020 Get Out the Vote Campaign.

    The fundraiser is an online donation limited to US citizens.  If you could kick in $10-$70 it would go a long way to assuring a massive turnout in 2020. And a massive turnout means a Democratic victory!

    The work we do here in Spain in getting Americans to vote has been a huge success. 2018 was a blowout for us with 76% of our active members requesting an absentee ballot. And globally, the turnout in the 2018 midterms was three times higher than in 2014. That is an amazing increase.  Much of that can be directly attributed to Democrats Abroad and the investments  we made in getting out the vote.  From phone calls to social media advertising to our sponsored website www.votefromabroad.org, our actions made the difference.  And these investments were only made possible by contributions from our donors, both big and small (big is better, by the way). So please help us out and be one of the 70!

    We're going to make a difference in 2020, when the stakes are even higher.  But the problem is that millions of overseas Americans still don't vote. We can change that, but we need your support. So please donate what you can, whether it is $10 - or $70 (remember my birthday) - or more!

    The votes from overseas voters are often the margin of victory for races that are decided by less that 1%. In 2016 the Democrats captured the Senate seat of Maggie Hassan NH by the margin of votes that came in from overseas. That was replicated in 2018 for many House seats.  We can do it again - with your help.

    Thanks so much for your support!

    Jim Mercereau

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  • Chapter Board Election for the Natioanl Capital Region -- Nominations Close on June 19, 2019

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
    National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada
    2019-2021 Chapter Board

    Please join us for the Chapter AGM and Elections of Democrats Abroad in the National Capital Region [Ottawa/Gatineau]. We need YOU to consider becoming part of our Chapter Executive Committee to WIN in 2020. Join us to elect new Chapter leadership to guide us to a Democratic Presidential election victory!

    Click here for more information about the Chapter Board Candidates to be acclaimed if officer positions remain uncontested

    Nominations from the floor will be accepted for candidates to stand for election in-person at our Chapter AGM and Elections. Please see job descriptions for Chapter Officers below!

    Click here to RSVP for the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Canada - National Capital Region Chapter and NIGHT ONE - June 26 Debate Viewing in Ottawa.

    National Capital Region Chapter AGM & Elections to be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:30PM EST. Following the AGM, all those present are welcome to join us to watch the NIGHT ONE of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential election.

    On Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:30PM EST, please join us again on NIGHT TWO of the first of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential election. Click here for details about the June 27 Debate Viewing!

    Location: The Heart & Crown in the Byward Market, in The Black Rose room of The Irish Village, 67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5.

    JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR CHAPTER OFFICERS

    Chapter Chair: The Chapter Chair shall be the legal representative of DAC-NCR and the Chief Executive Officer of the Chapter, and shall preside at all General Meetings and all meetings of the Board. The Chapter Chair shall have Membership responsibility for the day-to-day activities of DAC-NCR and for execution of all activities approved and undertaken by the Board. The Chapter Chair may appoint such ad hoc committees as necessary for the execution of the activities of DAC-Chapter. The Chapter Chair shall serve as Media Contact. The Chapter Chair shall be a member of and attend meetings of Democrats Abroad Canada.

    Vice-Chair: In the absence of the Chapter Chair, the Vice-Chair shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair shall have such other duties as chairing one or more committees, depending on the Vice-Chair's experience and preferences. The Vice-Chair shall work with the Chair to ensure all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the organization are supervised and executed appropriately. The Vice-Chair elected shall be a member who is of the opposite gender to the Chair, as per the by-laws of Democrats Abroad and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    Secretary: The Secretary shall attend and produce minutes for all Board meetings, maintain all files and administrative records of the organization, and maintain a current list of members of DAC-NCR Board.  All of such records shall be open for inspection by members. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Executive Committee once approved by the Chapter Chair and/or Vice-Chair. The Secretary shall schedule and coordinate on-line participation for all Board and Committee meetings.

    Treasurer: The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting of DAC-NCR a Statement of Income and Expenses based on a fiscal year ending March 31 and a Balance Sheet as of March 31.

    Membership Secretary: The Membership Secretary maintains the DAC-NCR membership database by processing new members, responding in a timely manner to member requests for changes, and uses best practices to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy. The Membership Secretary works with the Volunteer Coordinator to identify “target groups.” In coordination with the DA IT Manager, the Membership Secretary participates in the annual DA membership verification process. The Membership Secretary provides statistical information to the DAC-NCR Board as required.

    Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for the following: [1] Draft internal membership communications (e.g. monthly newsletters) and coordinate with Chair, and Vice-Chair, [2] Initiate and coordinate trainings for volunteers, [3] Coordinate membership drives, including incentives for becoming a member, [4] Develop a list of “Volunteer Do’s and Don’ts” for Info-stands, Events, etc., [5] Develop recruitment strategies and incentives for volunteers, [6] Work with membership database, identify “target groups” (working with Membership Secretary).

    Member at Large/English Media Contact: 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. The Member at Large/English Media Contact will be responsible for the following: [1] Should demonstrate verifiable experience and/or training in the fields of Media, Press and/or PR, [2] Act as liaison between DAC-NCR and international press officer, [3] Coordinate and work with Member at Large/French Media Contact [4] Maintain national contact database for journalists / press contacts (googledoc), [5] Record and archive all press generated on DAC (TV, radio, print) (in cooperation with other DA Canada media contacts)

    Member at Large/French Media Contact: 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. The Member at Large/English Media Contact will be responsible for the following: [1] Should demonstrate verifiable experience and/or training in the fields of Media, Press and/or PR, [2] Act as liaison between DAC-NCR and international press officer, [3] Coordinate and work with Member at Large/English Media Contact [4] Write and organize translation (by one of our volunteer translators) of relevant press releases & press-release templates (those not provided by int’l. press officer), [5] Maintain national contact database for journalists / press contacts (googledoc), [6] Record and archive all press generated on DAC (TV, radio, print) (in cooperation with other DA Canada media contacts).

    At present, DA Canada - National Capital Region Chapter Officers are:
    Chapter Chair – David Schellenberg*
    Vice-Chair – Lissette Wright
    Chapter Treasurer – Andrew Watson
    Chapter Secretary – John Klenk*
    Chapter Membership Secretary - James Kehoe
    [*] Asterisks indicate officers who are in their first term, are eligible to run and will run for reelection!

    LET’S TAKE ACTION AND GET INVOLVED!

    Democratically Yours,
    Lissette Wright, NEC Chair
    Larry Rousseau, NEC Teller of Elections
    National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada
    Nominations & Elections Committee


  • New Board Elected on March 23, 2019 - Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter

    New Board Elected on March 23, 2019 - Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter

    There is new leadership in place for the Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter, elected at the Annual General Meeting on March 23d.

    This Board includes four new members and four returning members:

    Chair
    David Mivasair

    Vice-Chair
    Judith Wanner

    Secretary
    Debra Krar

    Treasurer
    Constance Jain

    Membership Secretary
    Paula Cimba

    Members-at-Large
    Ron Barrett
    Susan Hill
    Tracy Hudson

    The entire board expresses great thanks to Ken Sherman who will stay involved as Past Chair.  Ken founded our chapter some fifteen years ago and has served as chair until now in addition to his Canada-wide and global roles.  Ken has been instrumental to the growth of the chapter over the years.

    Respectfully submitted from the Nominations and Elections Committee: Susan Alksnis (Chair) and Tim Flannery (Teller).

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  • Announcing Candidates for Election to the Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter Board – 2019-2021

    Announcing Candidates for Election to the Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter Board – 2019-2021

    Thank you to these volunteers who have stepped up to help lead our Chapter!

    All positions are uncontested, so we are not sending digital ballots. All voting will be in-person.

    Candidates for election are listed below with their candidate statements. 

    Please join us at the Chapter AGM, Saturday, March 23rd 11:00am with Panel and Lunch to follow. George Hamilton Restaurant, 152 King St. West (at Bay), Hamilton, Ontario.  Click here for AGM details and rsvp.

    For the open position of Membership Secretary, nominations can be taken from the floor at the Annual General Meeting, Saturday, March 23rd. See the Membership Secretary position description here.

    For reference, the nomination call was emailed to all eligible Chapter members and posted here.  The Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee is comprised of: Susan Alksnis (Chair) and Tim Flannery (Teller). Questions can be directed to Susan by email.

    Candidates

    Chapter Chair

    David Mivasair

    I am active in Democrats Abroad to bring positive change to U.S. politics.  I have been active in Vancouver and now Hamilton. I was on the Vancouver exec committee and now with Hamilton’s exec. I was in Japan for the 1980 election and was an alternate to the Dem National Convention. In Vancouver in 2008, I registered over 300 U.S. citizens to vote.

    I know non-profits. For four years, I was the exec director of a political change organization in Washington, DC.  For 25 years, I was a rabbi in several synagogues. Now retired, I have time and energy for Dems Abroad.

    I am focused on electoral success in 2020.  I want to reach out to the thousands of U.S. citizens in our area to register and vote.  I have organized successful voter registration at a speech by Hillary Clinton as well as the Women's March, Folk Festival, Pride Parade and more. During the mid-term, I organized nearly 40 Dems Abroad Canada to volunteer in swing districts in the U.S.  As the Communications Officer for Dems Abroad Canada, I helped raise our profile with stories in nearly all the mainstream media in Canada. I will continue to reach out to hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens in Canada.  I can also support our chapter as Chair along with the other members of the board to help the chapter grow. 

    It is important to listen to any concerns that members bring forward.  I welcome members and interested not-yet-members to contact me at any time.

    Chapter Vice-Chair    

    Judith Wanner           

    I have been involved with the Hamilton DA chapter for several years, most recently as Vice Chair. I have attended, supported and helped organize the Chapter's varied activities including the annual tax seminar, the summer picnic, and local Get Out the Vote efforts. I look forward to continuing to work with our Hamilton group as we move toward the 2020 election. I vote in Minnesota.

    Chapter Secretary     

    Debra Krar     

    Please accept this self-nomination for the role of Secretary.  As a dual American/Canadian citizen residing in Canada for the past 23 years and in the USA for the preceding 18 years, I want to support the Democratic party during this chaotic US political climate.   I originally became involved to exercise my right to vote in the US elections and attended a DA sponsored tax seminar to better understand my challenging tax compliance requirements as a dual US/Canadian citizen. As I participated in the Labour Day parade, Locke Street festival and SuperCrawl to raise awareness, I also came to understand how the DA organization is structured internationally.  Last year I worked on the Toronto based GOTV campaign so learned more about the internal operations of the organization, its goals and special projects to make a difference in advancing the Democratic party’s objectives during the mid-term elections. The people I have met are wonderful and the information disseminated is greatly appreciated.  I feel that my skills as a certified project manager and management consultant can continue to be leveraged to support the chapter.

    Chapter Treasurer     

    Constance Jain           

    Instead of throwing marshmallows at the TV I decided to contact other Democrats and do as much as I could to support the Democratic party.  In my role as Treasurer of Democrats Abroad Hamilton-Burlington I feel I am doing my part to encourage US citizens to vote and hopefully, elect more Democrats to serve in public office. It is my desire to continue in this office.

    Chapter Membership Secretary

    Open – nominations can be made from the floor during the Chapter Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd.

    Chapter Member-at-Large

    (alphabetically by last name)

    Ron Barrett    

    I am 69 Years old, from Chicago and immigrated to Canada with my wife as NAFTA investors in 2010 when we bought a transportation company in Milton, ON. I have a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University. Most of my career has been as a senior manager, operation and sales, in technology related industries. I have been involved throughout much of my life in a variety of community and civic activities such as; City Council in Harvard, Illinois, officer positions in the Jaycees, Rotary, Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, and Wicker Park Committee (a neighborhood association), active in several Chicago city council campaigns as well as two congressional campaigns and upon moving to Canada we were active in supporting our local councillor, now mayor of Burlington. I view Trump as a threat to the United States and the world. I’m concerned about income inequality, climate change, and ignorance over critical thought. I value history, civics, the arts, community and civility over what's the shortest path to making a buck or “screw you I've got mine”. I am disturbed by most of the current political class who mostly appear to put self above society.

    Susan Hill       

    I was born and raised in the Detroit area and attended Eastern Michigan University where I earned both BBA and MBA degrees.  In 1987, I moved to Chicago where I lived until we moved to Canada in June 2010 when my husband and I acquired a courier business in Milton through the NAFTA investor program.  I am a dual citizen and vote in US elections from Illinois.  I live in Hamilton with my husband, dog and three cats.  My corporate business career spanned over 25 years in the telecommunications industry where I held executive management positions leading large sales organizations across the US and Canada.  Since the acquisition of our business here in Canada, I am responsible for managing all financial activity as well as website development, marketing, and IT.  On a community level, I served on the board of the Wicker Park Committee (neighbourhood organization), was a founding member of the Wicker Park Garden Club, and served as a Trustee and member of the Stewardship Committee at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.  Here in Canada, I participate on the stewardship committee and the planning committee for the annual fund raising events for Port Nelson United Church in Burlington. 

    I have always followed politics and have voted in every election since I became eligible to vote.  I believe under the current administration, our voting rights are at risk.  Voter suppression is one key issue that I believe needs significant attention from lawmakers.  My other key issues are universal healthcare, climate change, gun control, corporate "ownership" of our elected members of congress, and the threat to women's reproductive freedom.  I am encouraged by the recent mid-term elections and hopeful the pendulum will swing back toward sanity and bi-partisanship.  I long for politicians who can develop and enact legislation that serves the people, not the corporations and top one percent.  

    Tracy Hudson

    I have been volunteering for Democrats Abroad for eight years, helping Democrats Abroad Canada coordinate its social media. I served on the Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara chapter last term as IT Manager. I’m looking forward to helping the chapter with its communications.

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  • DA Canada-Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara Chapter -- Call for Nominations 2019

    Chapter Board Election for Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara -- Nominations Close February 6, 2019

    This is a great time to join our energetic and committed Chapter leadership. All Chapter members are invited to make a nomination for election to the chapter board. You can nominate yourself or someone else.

    Please consider submitting a (self) nomination online today at Nomination Form for Hamilton-Burlington-Niagara Chapter Elections  for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, or Members at Large.  SEE POSITION DESCRIPTION BELOW.

    Running for multiple positions is permitted.

    Important Dates:

    Saturday, March 23rd - Election at Chapter AGM at 11:00am with lunch to follow | Click here to RSVP to AGM and Luncheon!
                                         George Hamilton Restaurant
                                         152 King St. West (at Bay), Hamilton, Ontario

    Questions regarding officer roles, responsibilities, and time commitment please contact Ken Sherman, outgoing Chapter Chair, (289) 396-4987 or k_e_sherman@yahoo.ca

    The Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) for this election is comprised of Susan Alksnis (Chair), Tim Flannery (Vice Chair) and (Teller of Elections - TBD).

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:

    Chapter Chair

    The Chapter Chair shall be the representative of the chapter to DA Canada Board of Directors and attend its regular meetings. The Chair shall call and preside at all meetings of the chapter including an annual meeting (AGM) in the first quarter. The Chair has the responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the chapter as approved and undertaken by the chapter’s Board. (6-10 hours a month)

    Chapter Vice Chair

    In the absence of the Chapter Chair, the Vice Chair shall call and preside at meetings of members and the Board. The Vice Chair shall work with the Chapter Chair to ensure that all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the Chapter are executed appropriately. There may be two Vice Chairs as long as one is of different gender to the Chair, as per the bylaws of Democrats Abroad, and the rules of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). (4 – 5 hours a month)

    Chapter Secretary

    The Secretary shall attend and produce minutes of all Board meetings and the AGM. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Board once approved by the Country Chair and/or Vice Chair. In the absence of the Secretary, the Chapter Chair or Vice Chair shall designate to another Officer the responsibility to attend and produce the minutes. (4-5 hours a month)

    Chapter Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and its financial records. They report to the Chapter Board. All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the annual meeting (AGM) of the Chapter a Statement of Income and Expenses based on a fiscal year ending December 31. (4-5 hours a month)

    Chapter Membership Secretary

    The Membership Secretary maintains the chapter database by responding in a timely manner to member requests for changes, welcoming new members, and by using best practices to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy. The Membership Secretary participates in the annual Democrats Abroad Canada membership verification process, which includes organizing phoning to members whose memberships are expiring. Training will be provided on DA's NationBuilder database, which is a required competency for this position.  (4-5 hours a month)

    Chapter Member-at-Large

    The Members-at-Large (at least 3) represent the broader membership of the chapter and bring special gifts and talents, which complement those of the other elected officials on the Board, such as IT, Communications, Events, and general support. Areas of involvement may include engaging members by organizing events, such as Tax Seminars, Debate Watches, DA’s Global Primary Voting Centers, phone banking events, pub nights, movie nights, voter registration tables or speaker nights. There are also opportunities to help with communications, social media, media relations, and our member database. Other responsibilities may include: posting events on the chapter website, writing articles for the website, writing and/or sending emails. Nominees are requested to indicate their expected areas or projects of focus. (4-5 hours a month)


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