The COC makes available a medal that is free to all member societies in good standing. The medal is available annually to be awarded by the society. It is up to each society to decide for which category, service or achievement this medal is to be awarded.
The C.O.C. medal is mounted on a shield (12 x 16 cm) which can be hung.
One medal is available per member society per year, unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional awards in the opinion of the President of COC. The medal can be awarded either for excellence in orchid exhibition at an annual show or for outstanding achievement or service at a special society event. The medal is awarded based on criteria established by the society.
COC medal for meritorious orchid exhibition
It is awarded at COC member society orchid shows by judges (Lay orchid judges, Flower judges or AOS orchid judges) to a meritorious orchid exhibit on the basis of criteria set by the local organizing society. Its purpose is to encourage orchid exhibition at public orchid shows. The award criteria should be different from those in use for the AOS show trophy.
Publication: Societies shall report the winners for publication in the COC Newsletter.
COC medal for individual or group achievement
This award is available to member societies for awarding to a person or group of their choice for a service or achievement they deem worthy of recognition. The selection is to be done by the local society.
Criteria: To be awarded to individuals or groups for one or more of the following:
- Outstanding service to the local Orchid community in organization, promotion or leadership.
- Outstanding achievement locally in orchid research.
- Outstanding achievement locally in orchid hybridizing.
- Outstanding achievement locally in orchid conservation.
- Outstanding achievement locally in orchid culture.
Selection Process: by a local committee established by the local society board. Final selection to be approved by the local society board. To ensure availability societies should apply to the appropriate coordinator to have a medal sent three months in advance of the event. The application should include the purpose for which the medal is to be used.
Publication: The member society shall report back on the recipient of the award for publication in the COC newsletter.
Ordering: The medal should be ordered with sufficient time to be mailed.
Societies should order their medal from:
Email: President@CanadianOrchidCongress.ca Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes:
15 Wilmac Court, Van Dorf, ON. L0H 1G0