Elena was born and raised in Canberra to second generation Lithuanians who met at Lithuanian folk dancing. Elena has a strong connection to her Lithuanian ethnicity, inspired by the stories, cooking and language of her late grandparents and parents.
Growing up, Elena’s connection to Lithuania formed through her love of Lithuanian food (krustai, koldunai, cepelinai), celebration of a traditional Kučios (Christmas), attending Lithuanian events and travelling to Lithuania with her family. Today, Elena is a dual citizen, enjoys cooking her grandmother’s Lithuanian recipes for the family, helping her Mum prepare Kučios and working with the Committee to engage members and build a viable Community for future generations.
Elena still holds many stories from her paternal grandmother about her life in Lithuania, experiences during WWII and move to Australia. When life isn’t so busy, she intends to complete a short biography as a keepsake for the family.
2022-23 is Elena’s first year on the Committee, however prior to this, she was been involved in the organisation of many Community events.