Kent Maddock Memorial Award

The Kent Maddock memorial award was launched at Q Shelter’s AGM in November 2022 and acknowledges place-based alliances taking action to end homelessness and housing need.

Beginning in 2023, this will be an annual award announced each year in November as part of our CEO and Leaders’ Forum.

The award selection process will examine the diversity of participation and the range of stakeholders from the community sector, for-profit sector, government, and other sectors such as the arts. It will consider:

  • Initiatives that actively worked to overcome competition and achieve respectful partnerships in which leadership is shared and encouraged; and
  • The impact that the alliance is having, or is on a trajectory to have, to help end homelessness and housing need.

Kent Maddock made an outstanding contribution to the lives of countless Queenslanders, both in his professional consultancy career and as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney General. He also made an incredible impact through his volunteer appointments, including Co-chair of Under 1 Roof, President of the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Board Director of Epilepsy Queensland, Chair of La Boite Theatre, and the Attorney-General’s representative at the Queensland Legal Aid Commission.

Kent understood that the sum of us is far more powerful than the individual, and that together we can truly make a difference for others.

Applications for the 2023 Kent Maddock Memorial Award have now opened. More information, including the selection criteria, is available here.

Kent Maddock

Deirdre Coghlan Bursary Award

Since 2016, Q Shelter has awarded a bursary in the name of Deirdre Coghlan, a founding and life member of Q Shelter. Deirdre was known to many Queenslanders as a champion of social housing and as an outstanding community development worker.

Deirdre contributed significantly to the founding of Bric Housing, through a collaboration involving four community housing providers. In her later years, Deirdre was also a proud tenant of Bric Housing and famously achieved an amazing level of community development with other social housing tenants in Redcliffe. She loved her role and the difference it made.

The bursaries, totalling $5,000 per annum, fund professional development activities for Q Shelter members who work or volunteer in the affordable housing and homelessness sector.

In 2022, the winners of the Deirdre Coghlan Bursary Award included:

  • Tanya Sanders from Yoorana Women’s Domestic Violence and Resource Centre
    • Funding to provide a full day, tailored Human Rights training workshop to their committee, management team, and staff.
  • Emma Stafford from Queensland Injectors Health Network
    • Funding for a Blood Collection and Cannulation course, which will enable QuIHN’s medical bus team to provide a more holistic health outreach service for people experiencing homelessness in the Moreton Bay region.
  • The Immediate Support Accommodation Team from Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre
    • Funding for the team to attend “Working with people affected by hoarding and squalor” training.
  • Jen Peterson, Housing Older Women Movement
    • Funding to complete the Foundations training program with Nambour Community Centre.
  • Dianne Estreich, WIN Housing Projects
    • Funding towards completing a short course in communication, negotiation, and influence.


Applications for the 2023 Deirdre Coghlan Bursary Award are now open!

Deirdre Coghlan