Newcastle: Honouring Meg Purser

Local businesswoman Meg Purser will be honoured posthumously with a new annual tertiary scholarship by City of Newcastle.

The Meg Purser Communications Scholarship will help support a talented communications student who demonstrates the same community-focused qualities Meg was much loved for. A new recipient for the $5,000 scholarship will be named each year for three years.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the scholarship was a fitting tribute to a woman who touched so many lives across Newcastle before her passing in January this year, following an 18-month battle with breast cancer.

“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,” Cr Nelmes said. “Scott Mills, Meg’s husband, and the family are both delighted and honoured by this way of acknowledging Meg’s contribution to Newcastle,” Meg’s father Bob Purser said.

“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.”
Meg is remembered for her charitable and behind-the-scenes work for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and Got Your Back Sista.

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