Eleanor Collins, known as “Canada’s First Lady of Jazz,” is getting a commemorative postage stamp in her honour.

Canada Post chose the 102-year-old music legend and civic leader as the subject of its stamp celebrating Black History Month.

A trailblazing woman of colour, Collins made history by becoming the first Black artist in North America to headline a national TV series.

Collins was celebrated with a virtual event on Friday, Jan. 21, that officially revealed the stamp and paid tribute to her life and career “as an artist, musician and mentor.”

Collins took part along with special guests Nalda Callender of the National Congress of Black Women Foundation, filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, and musicians Sharman King, Marcus Mosely and Wendy Solloway.

“I feel wonderful and honoured,” Collins said. “At 102 years old, one doesn’t expect to even be remembered. But I am grateful. That’s something that you can’t take away. The honour is there, the excitement is there. But to have someone affirm your work and life on a postage stamp… that is something. There is only one word for that, and that is ‘surreal.'”