Eleanor Collins aka “The First Lady of Canadian Jazz” was born Elnora Ruth Proctor on November 21, 1919, in Edmonton, Alberta. Her parents were part of the migration of Black settlers from Oklahoma who responded to the Canadian government’s promotion to settle in the prairies in 1910.
Vancouver’s 1st Lady Of Jazz: Here’s a candid interview with Eleanor Collins sharing some of her life experiences and perspectives.
Tribute Video: This video encompasses Eleanor Collin’s accomplishments and legacy.
Lullaby of Birdland: This is one of my favorite Eleanor Collin songs… turn it up!!!
Eleanor Collins Star On BC’s Entertainment Hall of Fame: If you’re ever in downtown Vancouver make sure you stop and pay respects to “The First Lady of Canadian Jazz.”
Reflection: Eleanor Collins is an inspiration to me for many reasons however I truly admire her courage and determination to make a difference. She stated very eloquently, “No matter where you are you can make a difference right where you’re at”. I personally feel the exact same way and encourage each and every one of us to make a difference using our God given gifts, platform and resources to impact our world for the betterment of humankind.
Thank you Eleanor Collins for being an inspiration to all of us.
Albert Earl Jr.
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