Trent/Fleming School of Nursing Welcomes New Bursary Support for Students


Marg Tunney bursary honours former nurse and volunteer

Friday, September 30, 2011, Peterborough

Close to its target of $12,500, the Marg Tunney Memorial Bursary in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing will honour the memory of the former registered nurse who worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Peterborough.

"The Marg Tunney Bursary, together with the new Makhija Bursary, will provide much-needed assistance to our nursing students, who work hard during all hours to succeed in their classes, research, labs and field-placements. This financial support will improve their standard of living and allow them to focus on their studies," said Dr. Kirsten Woodend, dean of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing.

Ms. Tunney was a long-time volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul, Jamaican Self Help, and Marycrest at Inglewood Seniors' Residence. She was also a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Women’s League and other community organizations.

“Marg would be touched that a bursary is being named in her honour," said Professor Emeritus Peter Adams, an active volunteer behind the initiative.

A fund has been set up to establish an annual bursary in her honour in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. Contributions have been received from family and friends (in the Grafton area and Peterborough), from colleagues, from nursing groups, and from the Sisters of St Joseph.

The fundraising committee reports that it is currently within one thousand dollars of its target of $12,500 and welcomes additional support. This amount, matched by the Government of Ontario, will generate a bursary of $1000 for an eligible student each year, for years to come.


For more information, please contact: Richard Morgan, director, Portfolio Operations & Philanthropic Research, 705-748-1011 x 7598,