Minnie, 100, still does it all

Veronique "Minnie" McCollin, who turned 100 years old, is toasted by her family, friends, and President Dame Sandra Mason. McCollin lives independently and takes each day as it comes, she said.

The saying that age is just a number could easily be applied to 100-year-old Veronique Minnie McCollin.

Unlike many others in her age group, the island’s latest centenarian is independent. She takes her own baths, cooks her own meals and on top of that can boast of good health as she has no illnesses.

At birthday celebrations at her house in Jackson Land, Silver Hill, Christ Church on Friday, Minnie, as she is affectionately called, told journalists that she was overjoyed to reach this milestone, even though she did not think she would. She said she loves cooking, especially making soup and makes sure to “put in everything”. She also likes to eat rice with vegetables and green bananas with salt fish.

Regarding her daily routine, she likes to be outdoors soaking up the fresh air. She said after taking her bath and drinking tea she would go outside and pray. Afterwards, she would watch people pass along the roadside. 

Minnie added that she came to Barbados after landing a job opportunity to take care of someone’s child. Her children said she left Dominica at age 18. 

She became known from then onward as a domestic worker of excellence and was showered with tributes during the celebrations.

Matriarch of the Jordan family, Marsha, said Minnie took care of her children and household needs for 35 years.

She described the birthday girl as a wonderful woman, who had a kind, calm and pleasant personality. She said she was also grateful for the nurture she gave her children and values she instilled in them. 

Minnie, who at one point lived in The Pine, St Michael, did small domestic chores after her time at the Jordans. Her children said her last official year of work was 2007.

President Dame Sandra Mason also paid Minnie a special visit and had a lively chat with the centenarian. 


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