International Treasurer, Democrats Abroad | Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Canada | Vice-Chair, DA Canada - National Capital Region Chapter

  • Charter Amendment Propositions (16-19): Public Hearing #3

    All leaders are encouraged to attend this public hearing on Zoom, organized by the Special Bylaws Committee, to address 2019 Charter Amendment propositions 16-19 The draft language of these propositions can be found on the Wiki.
    Please make sure you are subscribed to leadership emails for detailed meeting specifics.  Contact Aaron Kruse, SBC Chair, with any questions.
    April 20, 2019 at 8am
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  • 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:

    David Mivasair

    Judith Wanner

    Debra Krar

    Constance Jain

    Membership Secretary
    Paula Cimba

    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).


  • 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.


    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.


  • National Capital Region Chapter - Annual General Meeting-In Person Event

    We are planning to celebrate our Chapter AGM at a venue TBD very soon!


    May 04, 2019 at 6pm
    Ottawa, ON
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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

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


    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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    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.


    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
    Sign up

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    Women's March on Washington Democrats Abroad Dinner January 21

    Sorry, the Democrats Abroad dinner at the Women's March on Washington is now SOLD OUT. But you can still march with other members of Democrats Abroad. They'll be meeting at Eastern Market between 8-8:30 AM - look for the blue ponchos.

    If you want to support Democrats Abroad advocacy efforts and the Women's Caucus, click here to go to and select "Support the Women's Caucus" in the Contribution Purpose drop-down menu.

    Any problems, contact Art Schankler at


  • Where to Share Herstory with Democrats in Canada

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    MARCHÉ Mövenpick
    Brookfield Place - Street Level
    181 Bay St
    Toronto, ON M5J 2V1

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 07:30 PM - Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 01:30 AM EST

    A NEW LOCATION for the Toronto Election Night Party! Marché Mövenpick in Brookfield Place Street Level. Update your calendar and see you at Marché Mövenpick!

    Stronger Together: Election Night Party: On Tuesday November 8th 2016, we will make history as we choose to be Stronger Together by electing Hillary Clinton as the first woman President of the United States. She will be the 45th President as well as the most qualified candidate to ever fill the office.

    In Memory of Adrienne Jones: This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Toronto's Adrienne Jones, who was serving as Regional Vice-Chair of the Americas Region; Executive Vice-Chair of Canada; and Chair Emeritus of the Toronto Chapter when she lost her battle with cancer on Monday, October 3rd.

    Click here to RSVP !

    Tickets: $35.00 CAD | Purchase tickets

    Contact: Gabriel Elias | | 647-466-2010



    Kilkenny Irish Pub
    500-3630 Brentwood Rd NW
    Calgary, AB T2L1K8

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 05:30 PM - Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 12:00 AM Mountain Time

    Your election HQ is at the Kilkenny. Watch the results come in with Democrats Abroad-Calgary.

    No need to RSVP -- Everybody is welcome! No Cover!

    Contact: Jim Davis | | 403-282-8605



    Duke's Diner
    11636 87 Ave NW
    Edmonton, AB T6G 0Y2

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 06:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    After a long election season, it’s finally coming to an end! Join Democrats Abroad-Edmonton to watch the results and cheer on Hillary.  All are welcome!

    Click here to RSVP !

    Contact: DA Canada Edmonton



    Ye Old Squire Taphouse and Eatery
    875 Main St W
    Hamilton, ON L8S4P9

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 07:00 PM - Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST

    Join us as for an historic victory as we defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States!

    Food and drink will be available. We will also have live music! A donation of $10 is kindly requested

    Click here to  RSVP !

    Contact: Ken Sherman |



    McCabe's Tavern
    352 King St W
    Kitchener, ON N2G1B7

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 07:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST

    Come join us to celebrate Hillary-Victory!!!

    Downtown Kitchener near King and Francis Streets. No cover charge.

    Click here to RSVP !

    Contact: Tim Flannery |



    Palasad North
    777 Adelaide St N
    London, ON N5Y 2L8

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST

    Gena Brumitt, Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada, London & Area Chapter, invites DAC members from Southwest Ontario, "left-leaning" Americans and dual citizens, family and friends, who are interested in watching Election Day results roll in REAL-time! We will be in Palasad North's Monarch room - come, one and all!

    Click here to RSVP !

    Contact: Gena Brumitt



    Sir Winston Churchill's
    1459 Rue Cres
    Montreal, QC H3G 2B2

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 -- Doors Open 06:30 PM EST

    Come watch the news coverage and the returns with fellow Democrats Abroad and friends!

    Click here to RSVP !

    Contact: Marc Seltzer | | 514-929-8939



    Bill Curry Photography Gallery and Studio
    3455 Highway 1, Port Maitland
    Nova Scotia, Canada   B5A 5T6

    Tuesday November 8, 2016 from 08:00 PM to whenever anyone wishes to stay! Atlantic Time

    Join Democrats Abroad Canada Atlantic Chapter for a grand USA Election Night Viewing party!

    Please RSVP so we have an idea of what to expect!

    Contact: Bill Curry | | 902-649-2428 or 902-740-6811



    Heart & Crown - Mother McGintys - ByWard Market
    67 Clarence Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 2:00 AM EST

    Join us for the largest USA Election Night Viewing party in Ottawa. The election results will be on the big screen all day and all night. Our official viewing party starts at 5 PM and goes until the speeches are done.

    All are welcome to enjoy cold drinks, great food and a night of strong opinions in a peaceful democracy.

    Click here to RSVP !

    Contact: David Schellenberg |



    The Rogue
    601 W Cordova
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1E1

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 -- Doors Open 05:00 PM Pacific Time

    The marquee event is SOLD OUT but there will be limited overflow seating available at The Rogue/Convention Centre - 200 Burrard Street.

    Arrive early if possible.

    We hope to be Raising a Ruckus Tonight!!!

    Contact: Maureen Harwood |



    Sticky Wicket
    919 Douglas Street
    Victoria, BC V8W 2C2

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 -- Doors Open 05:30 PM Pacific Time

    The Election Night Watch Party in Victoria, BC is now SOLD OUT! Thanks everybody and wherever you are, we'll be together in spirit to watch the returns and celebrate Hillary's Victory!

    Contact: DA Victoria Chapter | | 250-360-6066



    Confusion Corner Bar & Grill
    500 Corydon Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3L 0P1

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 06:30 PM – 10:30 PM Central Time

    Please join us to watch the results come in for this historic election. And even more important - to celebrate the election of our first ever female president!

    While this is a free event - US citizens are encouraged to donate $5 to Democrats Abroad to cover costs.

    Contact: Jennifer Carpenter | | 204-619-3076

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    Make a donation here or sponsor one of our projects through our Give to Win program.

    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - 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 fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for upcoming elections, 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 are already working on 2020!

    If you prefer to contribute via PayPal or if you want to make a RECURRING MONTHLY (VERY HELPFUL) donation, you may contribute to Democrats Abroad using ActBlue. Or if you are unable to contribute online, send us a US Dollar check with this form.  

    Democrats Abroad
    PO Box 15130
    Washington DC 20003

    On-line credit card contributions made to Democrats Abroad are secure, encrypted transactions made via Stripe.


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