News and events for the Bay Area Canadian community

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


In this update:

📫  Holiday greetings from the Digital Moose Lounge

🗓 Save the date: Jan 3rd for a DML New Year drop-in/social!

🏦  New Ask a Canadian blog post – how is your credit score?

🛒 #ShopSmallBayArea – Support Canadian owned/managed/affiliated small businesses this holiday

🎊 Local and virtual events
Dec 22nd join a holiday social with the SF Expat Canadian Meetup group PLUS catch a recap of McGill Alumni series: Traveling back to Canada. 

🎟 And, for your holiday (online) enjoyment, check out this listing of virtual celebrations. And, please share any that you are attending on our social media so others can join in!

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To our friends,

We know many are mourning the loss of visits “home” to Canada or to favourite vacation sanctuaries this year. Thank you for all efforts ensuring the safety and security of our local Bay Area communities – and Canadian homes visited – while we collectively take a deep breath and await vaccines and lower COVID-19 infection numbers.

With the last candles lit for Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice coming soon to bring us more daylight, we also want to wish you a Merry Christmas next week. In the words of  Erika’s (DML Co-chairmoose) mum and dad in Vancouver:

“Traditional greetings don’t quite fit this year.
Gratitude will replace merriment at Christmas.”
Yes, we are full of gratitude for this vibrant and caring expat Canadian community. For the efforts made by our volunteers, leaders and partners before and after COVID-19 that brought us together: hockey games (remember those?!); Virtual Canada Week 2020 concerts, wine tastings, and contests; panels and discussions on all aspects of cross-border activity during this pandemic.

Watch for more community building with the Digital Moose Lounge in 2021! Exciting things are in the works.

Happy New Year to all!
Griselda & Erika
Co-chairmoose team

Save the date!
Sunday, January 3, 2021
4 to 6 p.m.

Please join the Digital Moose Lounge as we kick-off the New Year! Watch your email and follow our social channels. Overcome your zoom fatigue for two hours and join us for some casual fun and good cheer.

Ask a Canadian: How To Build
Your Credit in the United States

Our latest blog tells the story of one of our very own DML members on the challenges she faced and solutions she found moving to the US from Canada just a year ago. Read all about it here.

Sponsored by RBC Bank.
Check out our blog

We Support Canadian Small Businesses and Affiliates. #ShopSmallBayArea

With lockdowns in place we are all experiencing how hard it is to get out for holiday shopping. And yet, we are also experiencing backlogs and delays for postal service and shipping. According to DMLer and small business owner, VJ Gandhi, it is definitely getting a little late for Christmas ordering online: “…the orders are coming in this week and our distribution center is trying to send them out as quickly as possible. It’s up to the carriers like FedEx and UPS.”

If you can’t visit them in-person, or if shipping is out of the question at this point, consider gift cards. VJ suggests being OK with things arriving by or in the New Year instead, during this unprecedented holiday season.

The DML’s online Pop-up Market on our website that we launched in the summer, is a curated list of (primarily) Bay Area Canadian-owned/operated/themed shopping.

If you can’t visit them in-person, or if shipping is out of the question at this point, consider gift cards or arrange for a delivery in the New Year.

Want to join the upcoming SF Expat Canadian Meetup Group holiday event (online) coming up on Tuesday, December 22nd, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.?

Sign-up here. Ugly holiday sweaters welcome!

Did you miss this the first time?

Two part series:
Traveling back to Canada

The McGill Alumni Association of Northern California recently hosted two webinars on Traveling back to Canada.

  1. Webinar #1: “Traveling back to Canada PART 1” webinar with Connie Kaplan can be viewed here. Mme. Kaplan highlights what your options are if you wanted to temporarily move back to Canada and some of the legal aspects you need to consider.
  2. Webinar #2:  “Traveling back to Canada PART 2” webinar can be viewed here. The webinar features McGill alums, Matt Altro, BCom’00 and Pavan Dhillon, LL.B/B.C.L.’04. They share strategies and their expertise from both financial planning, and legal perspectives on how to immigrate to Canada with your family, spouse, children or parents.

From tips on thriving professionally during a pandemic to lectures from McGill’s brightest minds, check out our rich library of past virtual events. Watch our past Virtual Events or view an Alumni Webcast now.

Stay in touch with McGill Alumni Association by updating your contact information.

Wishing you good health and Happy Holidays!

Thank you to RBC Bank for their generous support
of the Digital Moose Lounge’s events and activities in 2020!

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