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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Scholarship to honour Meg Purser’s passion

A local businesswoman, who left an indelible mark on the community, is set to be honoured with a new annual tertiary grant.

The Meg Purser Communications Scholarship will help support a talented communications student who demonstrates the same qualities Meg was much loved for.

Sadly, Ms Purser died in January after losing an 18-month battle with breast cancer.

City of Newcastle is proposing to provide $5,000 to an undergraduate completing the second year of their degree at the University of Newcastle.

The new recipient will be named every 12 months – for three years – under the suggested initial funding arrangement.

Councillors will vote on the establishment of the scholarship at today’s council meeting.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it was a fitting tribute to a woman who touched so many lives across Newcastle.

“Meg was strong, brave and an incredibly dedicated professional communicator and executive, with a spirit for life and passion for her work that I’ll always remember,” she explained.

“She touched the lives of so many across Newcastle and beyond.

“We at City of Newcastle were fortunate to work closely with her in 2020 to re-establish the Business Improvement Associations and she was always generous with her time, wisdom and expertise.

“With the blessing of Meg’s father Bob, we want to establish this inaugural scholarship to honour the significant contribution Meg made to the corporate communications community and recognise her passion for the many local community organisations and charities she supported.

“The scholarship will provide support to students who, like Meg, are committed to their local communities and are striving to make a difference in the corporate communications field, working tirelessly for little personal gain.”

Ms Purser is remembered for her charitable and behind-the-scenes work for organisations such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Breast Screen and Got Your Back Sista.

Mr Purser worked side-by-side with his daughter for many years at Purser Corporate Communications and said she was always passionate about helping others.

“Scott Mills, Meg’s husband, and the family are both delighted and honoured by this way of acknowledging Meg’s contribution to Newcastle,” he stated.

“There was little she enjoyed more than helping young communicators launch their careers.

“She would have been thrilled but also a little surprised by this initiative of council.”

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