- 9 December 1945
- Women's Refuge Worker and Union activist
- Alternative Names
- Cruz-Zavalla, Elba (maiden name)
- Valenzuela, Elba (married name)
Elba was born into a strongly socialist working-class family in Chile, which became closely associated with the government of Savador Allende and was forced to flee Chile following his assassination. On settling in Canberra she instigated a strike of workers at the at the Health Services Supply Services laundry at Mitchell in 1987. In 1991 she joined the staff of the Beryl Women's Refuge, where she is still employed. She has assisted many Chilean refugees settle in Canberra and has been involved in a number of community organizations.