Every month we recognise an Unsung Hero

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This month’s Unsung Hero – Joc O’Connor

For the last 25 years Joc has been contributing to different sports, coaching rugby, soccer and cricket.

He prepared, marked and rolled the college wicket when his son was playing, assisted taking college cricket to Australia for a week.

Joc has also been refereeing rugby for the last 15 years, from kids to senior.

For 10 years Joc has been looking after Jacob, who has Downs syndrome, taking Jacob with him every second weekend. Jacob has just turned 18yo and earlier this year he wanted to go to the college school ball, so Joc took him. They dressed as the Blues Brothers and Jacob had a great night with the whole crowd making him feel very special. Joc also does meals on wheels amongst other community projects.

Joc is very family friendly and goes out of his way to support his wife [Barbara], two sons and two grandchildren [who think Poppa is just great].

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.