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UB ERI Director is 2016 James A. Waight Awardee

Dr. Kay with members of the Waight Family

Administrative and Science Director (Terrestrial) of the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI), Dr. Elma Kay, is the 2016 recipient of the James A. Waight Award for her outstanding contribution to conservation in Belize. The award was presented to Dr. Kay by the Waight family during the Belize Audubon Society’s environmental conservation award ceremony held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, Belize City, on February 16, 2016.

The James A. Waight Award is an annual conservation award given to deserving individuals or organizations in recognition of positive work in the protection and enhancement of Belize‘s environment.

The award is named after James A. Waight (1907 – 1999) the Belize Audubon Society’s first President. He served in this role from the Society’s inauguration in 1969 until 1986. The award is presented on his birthday – February 16.

At the ceremony Dr. Kay expressed her gratitude to her family, friends and the UB ERI team for their unwavering support. “Tonight I accept the award but I want to say that [this] award is not just for me. It’s for all the people that have helped me to become the person that I am and that continue to inspire me every day so that I want to do more…” said Dr. Kay.

Dr. Kay has been a pivotal part of Belize’s conservation efforts since her return from academic studies in 2005 and shows no sign of slowing down. She stated, “Even after 10 years I still hold very much to the notion that we can make a difference for this country. I think possibilities [are] out there and I think that has kept me going and what inspires me every day is exactly that, possibilities.”

The entire UB ERI team takes this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Kay on the receipt of this prestigious award.

Credit: Belize Audubon Society

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