At the COC AGM in Saskatoon this year the delegates awarded Marilyn Light the COC Certificate Award for long time service to the Canadian Orchid community. Marilyn has served COC in a variety of roles since its founding meeting in Vancouver. She has been our long time Conservation Chair, she has served as President, she and her husband have provided us with educational slide and DVD programs, and she has lectured widely across Canada and the world. Marilyn has authored books and many articles about orchids and orchid culture. She has done research on our native orchids and is an active member of the Orchid Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She is also a member of the Ottawa Orchid Society. As conservation chair she has kept us abreast of developments in international and Canada wide regulations respecting importation and export of orchid plants, a necessary but often unthankful job. As you retire from COC conservation chair, we thank you Marilyn for your long distinguished service to the Canadian orchid community. Peter Poot.