Sveiki apsilankę į Britų Kolumbijos lietuvių bendruomenės svetainę.
Welcome to the website of the Lithuanian Community of British Columbia.
Mes esame ne pelno siekianti organizacija remianti lietuvių kalbą, kulturą, istoriją, papročius bei tradicijas. Mes dalinamės informacija apie Britų Kolumbiją bei Kanadą su pasaulio lietuviais. Savo veikloje mes organizuojame įvairius renginius ir programas.
The Lithuanian Community of British Columbia represents all residents of British Columbia who consider themselves Lithuanian either by birth or descent or loyalty or who choose to be supportive of the purposes of the Lithuanian Community of British Columbia.<
We are a nonprofit society promoting Lithuanian language, culture, history, customs and traditions. As a community association for Lithuanians in British Columbia and those interested in Lithuanian culture, we also promote British Columbia and Canada to Lithuanian communities around the world. We organize various events and programs throughout the year.
Valdyba – Community Board
President, Secretary and Director
Linas is a lawyer in Vancouver where he has been practicing for over ten years. He holds law degrees from Vilnius University and the University of British Columbia. Linas also received scholarships and studied law in Sweden and in the Unites States. Linas is fluent in Lithuanian, English and Russian. He enjoys an active lifestyle, which includes going on kayak expeditions with his wife Ann, sea kayak racing, rowing, playing basketball, and hiking. As a teenager, Linas was the vice champion of Lithuania in rowing in three consecutive years.
Vice President, Director
Birute is a retired high school art teacher/artist/cultural organizer who has been part of this Lithuanian community all her life. She has degrees in Modern European history, a B.Ed. in Art Education from U.B.C. and a Masters in Art Education from Western Washington. Teaching and working with people to achieve some communal goal, fostering community has always been important in her life. Since retiring she has worked/volunteered for the European Festival Society creating a new venue, the Art Plaza, the Green Party and StreetArtWorks, a charity devoted to helping youth. When not organizing she can be found photographing, painting, gardening or foraging for wild food.
Daiva was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and moved to Germany where she graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin with a degree in Business Administration. Berlin was a great city, but with a passion for travelling Daiva decided to see the world and ended up moving to Vancouver. She visited over 30 countries and speaks fluent Lithuanian, English, German and Russian. She works for a German software company as Office Manager and finds her job very challenging and fulfilling. In her spare time she tries to stay active by doing Grouse Grind in the summer, powerwalks on the Seawall and hiking.
Algis (Al) is a consultant with RDH Building Engineering in Vancouver, and is a long-time resident of BC. A former director and president of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association of BC, he is an active member of the CSA A440 Committee for Windows and the Fenestration Canada Technical Committee. Raised in Montreal’s Lithuanian community, he performed as a musician with the “Gintaras” Folk Music Ensemble as a young man, where he met his wife Vida.
Ruta was born in Lithuania. For several years she lived, studied and worked in Germany and after getting married she moved to, and is now a resident of, BC. Ruta obtained a law degree in Vilnius, studied law in Copenhagen, obtained an LL.M. degree in Germany and is presently a PhD candidate in law. In Germany she worked at the Institute of East European Law at the University of Kiel as a research assistant, read lectures on international carriage of goods by sea, was an Executive Director of the German-Russian Law Institute and was one of the co-editors of first German language book on Lithuanian law. In Vancouver Ruta is one of the program directors of “Peledžiukų Klubas” – a Saturday club for children of members of the Lithuanian Community of BC.
Director, Hiking Group Coordinator
Kristina was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and immigrated to Canada at the age of 15. She has been part of Vancouver Lithuanian Community ever since. Kristina is fluent in Lithuanian and English. She has been a business owner for the last 20 years. She volunteers for two strata councils, enjoys travelling with her partner Paul, gardening, photography and hiking around the greater Vancouver with her dog Emma.
Raminta is a real estate agent in Vancouver. She moved to Vancouver in 2012 from Lithuania, where she was born, and has been a resident of BC since 2013. Raminta lived for many years in Germany where she graduated from high school and University in Heidelberg with a degree in economics. After studies in Germany, she moved back to Lithuania where she worked as a credit analyst at a bank and earned a Law degree. Now Raminta is one of the teachers of “Peledžiukų Klubas” – the Lithuanian Saturday School for children of members of the Lithuanian Community of BC.
Lilija was born in Lithuania. She studied at Kaunas College of Food Industry. Following her studies, she moved to Berlin, Germany where she studied at the Beauty Institute, worked as an independent beauty consultant and owned a health business. Lilija moved to Vancouver in 2004. She studied at Douglas College and obtained her qualifications as a pharmacy technician from Vancouver Community College. She works as a pharmacy technician, helps her husband in his business and takes care of two children. Her interests include reading, travelling, hiking, yoga and fitness classes. She speaks Lithuanian, English, German and Russian.
Parents Group Coordinator
Liana is an architect. Prior to launching her firm in 2009, Liana attended the University of Waterloo and then completed her Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University in New York. Before settling in Vancouver she had the opportunity to work in London, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. She grew up folk dancing, going to Lithuanian school and summer camp in the Toronto Lithuanian community. Now, with her husband, she is raising her sons with the gift of the Lithuanian culture.