QCS officers recognised on International Women’s Day

Five Queensland Corrective Services’ officers have been recognised for their efforts to protect communities and advance gender equality today on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March).

QCS Deputy Commissioner Gary McCahon congratulated the winners for their outstanding efforts at an exclusive International Women’s Day event hosted by the public safety agency for the first time.

About 400 people including Queensland Governor Dr Jeannette Young, keynote speaker, Paralympian and Diversity and Inclusion Manager Karni Liddell and public safety agencies – Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services attended the IWD event.


This year, the QCS International Women’s Day Award program recognised:

  • Maryborough Correctional Centre Chief Superintendent Kristine Winter for Outstanding Female Leader
  • Community Corrections and Specialist Operations Training Manager Victoria Matthews for Outstanding Emerging Female Leader
  • Woodford Correctional Centre Safety and Compliance Advisor Sharon Broanda for Excellence in Performance
  • Wynnum Probation and Parole Senior Case Manager Madonna Nuttall for Excellence in Performance
  • Strategic Future Command – Strategic Policy Group Director Fiona Patterson for Excellence in Performance.

“We have a responsibility to continue the forward movement of women’s rights and to advocate for equality,” Deputy Commissioner McCahon said.

“All the winners today are exemplary role models for QCS and future officers and deserve to be recognised for their commitment to embrace inclusion and uphold public safety.”


More details on QCS International Women’s Day Award winners:

 Kris Winter

Recognised for her exceptional strategic, authentic and caring leadership.  Ms Winter demonstrates exemplary leadership, consistently inspiring and positively encouraging the development of all colleagues particularly females within the workplace.

Victoria Matthews

Recognised for her passionate and inspirational leadership.  Ms Matthews has mentored, coached and supported staff in a complex work environment.  Ms Matthews has forged a successful career demonstrating her commitment to QCS through the development of front-end training.

Sharon Broanda

Recognised for her outstanding work ethic while promoting a healthy culture, particularly in supporting women across QCS. Ms Broanda has forged positive stakeholder relationships to support custodial operations with violence reduction strategies and resilience presentations.

Madonna Nuttall

Recognised for her strong commitment to working with individuals on supervision to influence behavioural change, whilst balancing her dedication to protecting the community. She has demonstrated her continued dedication to improving outcomes and safety for female victim survivors impacted by domestic and family violence.

Fiona Patterson

Recognised for her commitment to representing QCS as a top tier public safety agency. Ms Patterson has been at the forefront of QCS’s engagement in a variety of whole-of-government initiatives including most the Government’s response to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce.