Member Q&A - Jonny Murnane


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

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Jonny MurnaneThis month we catch up with Jonny Murnane, from STAND Children's Services. 

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

This could be really fun or dreadfully long and boring!

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

I am Residential Social Worker for STAND Children’s Services, Tu Maia Whanau. I work shifts so my days are very varied. As I walk in the door, most of time, I have children coming up to me for a high five or showing me what they made at school or reading me a poem they wrote. I have a shift hand over with the rest of the Team to find out what has happened and how the children are over the past 16 hours and go from there. 

Depending on what shift I am on my work ranges from: supporting children in a classroom environment, walking alongside a child as they learn new life skills and put them into practice, helping a child and their family reach a goal they have set when arriving at our service to taking children out on fun outings and observing them experience something they may have never done before.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

A highlight for the past month for me would have to be receiving a phone call from a teacher who had one their students stay with us. The teacher was overwhelmed with the progress that the child had made over the 5 week stay. The teacher explained what the child was like when the referral was made and what the child is like now. The child can now sit still and learn, the child has made some friends, produced some overwhelming pieces of work and has the manners of an angel.

This is why I love my job so much!

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

The hardest thing about the job is reading a child’s case file and referral before they come and stay with us. The other part of it is seeing child leave our service and go home, we have some amazing children stay with us and a good handful I would happily take home with me (A.K.A Handbag kids)!

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?

The Workplace PSA Delegate spoke to me when I joined the organization and informed me of the PSA. I got an e-mail after joining asking if I wanted to join the PSAY Network, I ticked yes! 

Name something you like about the PSA Youth network:

The best think about the PSAY Network is that there are people around that can support you, socialise with and enjoy Friday drink or two with them and knowing that they are most likely going through what most young workers out there are going through/experiencing.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

I would like to see an increase of young workers out there become members of the PSA/PSAY so that our age bracket (under 35’s) is represented appropriately nationwide so we can make a stand for a better working life.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?

I enjoy mountain biking, ice skating, field hockey, watching a good movie, late nights out and sleepins,  also enjoy a nice sunset walk along the beach.

What are your three favorite foods?

I love anything that comes from the sea (mussels are the favorite!) , anything that has an asian twist to it and a good deep rich red wine.

What are your three peeves?

People who text while you are talking to them, computers when you need to use them and they don’t work and people who don’t use general day to day manners (I’m from the old school).

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Mmmm………..I don’t have any advice per-say, but one thing I would have liked to do when I was 18 was to go to Uni straight away instead of waiting a couple of years, it’s easier to study when you are younger.

What are your three loves?

I love my family heaps, any kind of animal (apart from snakes, spiders and sharks!), and love walking along aside people and experiencing life with them.

A thought for the day:

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.