Dr. Elma Kay is the latest recipient of the prestigious James A Waight Conservation Award. Dr. Kay humbly received the award yesterday evening during a small ceremony in which she told the gathering that she accepted the award on behalf of all the people who helped her to become who she is today. Dr. Kay is a Belizean scientist and co–founder of the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute where she currently serves as the Administrative Director and Science Director. She is also a Professor in the Natural Resources Management Program at the University of Belize, the Chairperson of the Belize Scientific Authority for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, CITES, and represents the University in various national committees and boards including the National Climate Change Committee. Dr. Kay has authored several peer-reviewed publications and technical reports and has supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate student research projects. The James A. Waight conservation award is named after the Society’s first president and is given annually on the anniversary of his birthday to organizations or individuals in recognition of outstanding work in the protection and enhancement of Belize’s environment.