January 21, 2019

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 [email protected]

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)