Canan is originally from Santa Rosa, CA but calls Ashland home. He greatly appreciates the number of outdoor recreational opportunities that southern Oregon has to offer. Prior to Dragonfly, Canan taught children primitive survival skills with Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. He has also worked with the Portland Water Bureau’s education division to introduce students to Portland’s drinking water supply at the Bull Run Dam outside Sandy, OR.
Witnessing his students’ excitement and wonder as they interacted with the natural world during those two experiences inspired Canan to return to college to pursue educational opportunities related to outdoor education and wilderness therapy. Canan is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Clinical First Responder, and he is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Adventure Leadership with a minor in psychology at Southern Oregon University. Previously, Canan studied sustainable agriculture at the Santa Rosa Junior College and creative writing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. After graduating, Canan plans to earn a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing.
In his free time, Canan enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, sea and whitewater kayaking, and adventuring throughout the region with his dog, Trooper.