Born in Ville La Salle, Quebec, and raised in Ontario, and Northern B.C. Lena moved to the Yukon in 1995. It was then she took an immediate interest in the Traditional sewing and beadwork of the First Nation women. Taught by her Mother in Law, Annie Smith of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Lena can make almost anything, or else she will create a pattern, and then design it. In 2007 Lena moved to Inuvik, NWT and took the Traditional Arts Progam there, to learn about another Territory’s sewing and beadwork. It was something she was able to bring back to her Mother in Law Annie, and teach her. Lena is always sewing something, and loves the challenge of a new creation, whether it be moccasins, fur caps, or kamiks. Next step for Lena is Nunavut, with Arctic College’s Fur and Fashion Design Program.