Eleanor Collins, a legendary Canadian jazz singer, has been honored by the Canada Post with her own stamp, as reported by the CTV News.
On Friday, the stamp honoring the “Canadian First Lady of Jazz” was presented in a virtual event.
“How do I feel? I feel wonderful and honored,” Collins said during the ceremony, according to CTV News. “To really have someone affirm your work and life on a postage stamp, that is something. There’s only one word for that. That is surreal.”
Collins, 102, was honored with a spot on British Columbia’s Entertainment Hall of Fame in Vancouver, as well as an Order of Canada, which recognizes “those who make remarkable contributions to the nation,” according to the governor general of Canada.
“You know, at 102 years old, one doesn’t expect to be remembered. But I am grateful,” Collins said.
“But to really have someone affirm your work and life on a postage stamp? Oof, that is something,” she told the Canada Post.
Collins was born in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began singing after winning a talent search when she was 15 years old. During the late 1930s, she relocated to British Columbia to pursue her jazz interests.
Collins went on to make a name for herself by performing on television and radio. She would eventually be given offers to compete in the United States, but she chose to stay in Canada.
She created history in 1995 when she became the first Black woman to host The Eleanor Show on North American television.
After filing a petition, Collins, her husband, and their children were discriminated against when they moved to an all-white area in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Collins claims that her family has contributed to the number of years she has spent on this planet. She also stated that being grateful for the current moment has been a part of her journey.
“It all has been a real blessing,” she said.