Our People

Deirdre Hanna, Founder of Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. 

As Founder of Hopewell Hospice (1993) and Paradise Kids (1996), Deirdre has many years of experience in working in chaplaincy, palliative care and with children dealing with grief and loss.

Deirdre worked as an Ecumenical Chaplain in the Gold Coast Hospital and became concerned for people unable to be at home at the end of life. This inspired development of Hopewell Hospice as a home-style residential palliative care facility. She later gave expression to her concern for children dealing with grief, loss and illness after the death of a parent by initiating the services of Paradise Kids.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Theology (BTh); Churchill Fellow (Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients, 1995); Ecumenical Chaplaincy Certificate; Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership; Certificate in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling; Doctoral studies in Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of Creation Spirituality; Multi-Disciplinary Certificate in Hospice Care, St Christopher’s London; Certificate in Mindfulness Meditation from the Massachusetts Medical School Mind-Body Stress Reduction Clinic; Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics; and Diploma in Swedish Massage. 

Deirdre wrote the Paradise Kids Program in 1996 after travelling to many parts of United Kingdom and North America on a Churchill Fellowship to gather information about children's hospice and grief and loss programs. She led the PK programs over many years starting with just a small group of 6 children. Paradise Kids has been adapted to follow William Worden's four tasks of mourning, to suit our own culture and cultures of children from different parts of the world. Deirdre loves studying in order to enrich the lives of others. She volunteered at Lifeline for ten years as a trained Telephone Counsellor and Supervisor of Counsellors. Deirdre is passionate about children, education, spirituality, wellness, health care and all things Integral. Currently she is managing Paradise Kids and Hopewell Education Services to pass on her wealth of knowledge and passion to all who attend our programs and courses. For her full story please see the Hopewell - Founders section of this website.


Tomoko Sakai, Senior Counsellor

Tomoko has made Australia her home for past 18 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Psychology and a Master of Journalism as well as Master of Social Science in Health Practice and a Master of Counselling UQ. With a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice Tomoko has worked as a paralegal in law firms on the Gold Coast managing cases referred by Legal Aid and Domestic Violence duties. Tomoko is currently working on attaining a Certified Neuropsychotherapy Provider. Her passion is making a difference in the areas of domestic violence, studying the impacts of Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) on children's development & mental health. Tomoko is the group leader of 2 to 5 years Play Therapy Group and offers individual play therapy for children aged 2 to 8. 


Robyn Moore, Session Leader

Robyn is a caring and compassionate woman who has faithfully contributed her time and talents to Hopewell since 2005 in a variety of ways. This includes being Grief & Loss Buddy then a Grief & Loss Session Leader, working alongside young girls in our girls group and being one of the buddies in our first ever our Eyes on Bullying program. Since 2012 she has assisted our financial department with her bookkeeping skills. Robyn also helps the wider community by serving as a Justice of the Peace. 


Geoff Talintyre, Boys' Respect Group Facilitator

Geoffrey Talintyre has lived and worked on the Gold Coast for 30 years and has successfully run and been involved in local business for 15 years. Geoffrey has volunteered his time at Paradise Kids during the past 13 years in both Illness Support, Grief and Loss Groups and The Boys' Group. In more recent years he has undertaken to facilitate the The Boys' Respect Group. Geoff is passionate about the importance of delivering programs that promote values and role modelling which are associated with what it means to be 'Good Men' in our society today. Through games and activities the men of the boys' group give generously of their time to share knowledge and model Trust, Responsibility and Respect for ourselves and others. Although retired Geoff continues to involve himself with Gold Coast Soccer as a Referee and enjoys regularly working with various organisations coordinating tournaments and Mentor Programs for Junior Referees who are in training. Geoff understands the importance of this contributing to the Gold Coast community and looks forward to many years with Paradise Kids.