City Employee Spotlight for July - Ed “Doc” Canady
To say Ed “Doc” Canady wears many hats is a huge understatement. Canady is the Recreation and Athletics Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department and has held that position since 2006. He lives up to the motto of serving friends and neighbors in his community. He heads up the youth track and field team consisting of 36 members, taking 11 to state competition this year. This year marked the 10th year anniversary of that program. Canady was instrumental in starting the after school and summer camp programs. The summer camp has grown every year, with this year’s enrollment totaling 143. He also serves his community as a member of the school board.
Canady is from Dadeville, Alabama, and is a former coach/trainer at Jacksonville City Schools and former center director at City of Anniston PARD. He has one daughter, Brandi, who is a sophomore at Southern Union Community College on a volleyball scholarship. He enjoys going back to Dadeville visiting his church Haven Chapel United Methodist. In his spare time, he also likes to exercise with daughter Brandi. He admits being somewhat of a ‘gadget freak.’ “I can stay in Best Buy for hours, says Canady.” He likes to read, mostly articles rather than books and enjoys catching up on super hero movies. “I guess I’m that grown kid that likes video games and stuff,” says Canady.
Canady said he always wanted to coach basketball but his career path took him in a different direction… recreation; however, he said he wouldn’t change a thing. “ I enjoy working with youth,” said Canady. “I want to be able to make a positive difference in their lives. Many of the kids come back after they are grown and moved on to visit. That makes me happy. Not every family can afford Six Flags or Disney World these days, or have a swimming pool. I want us to be the Six Flags of the community. It just takes a little thought, imagination and prayer. The programs at the community center have really grown. This year flag football, spring soccer and youth volleyball were added. Tiny tots indoor soccer may be coming next.”
“I have known Ed Canady for 20 plus years,” said PARD Director Janis Burns. “When I worked with Anniston PARD, he became an intern. I have watched him grow and develop into the outstanding leader that he is today. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have him on my staff with Jacksonville PARD. He is our Recreation and Athletics Coordinator and does an excellent job. He is involved in our community, not just with his professional life but also his personal life. He leads Jacksonville PARD in living up to our motto of ‘serving friends and neighbors in the community’.”
“I love Jacksonville,” says Canady. “When I first came here, I was amazed at how friendly everybody was and how much it reminded of my hometown. It’s a great place to live and bring up a child.”
Story and Photo by: Anita Kilgore