Jeff Morrison is an artist, philanthropist, musician and spinal cord injury survivor.

It was the last dive of the day, and as Jeff Morrison hit the water he crashed to the bottom of the pool striking his head.

He knew immediately that he couldn’t move. He was a quadriplegic and Morrison’s life would never be the same again.

After rehab, Morrison began working towards a business degree, but his heart wasn’t in it. One day, he forced a Bic ballpoint pen into his hand and started to draw.

“That little drawing was my turning point and it ignited my life.  I was still in my wheelchair but the possibilities of what I could do thrilled me.”

Successful art shows around the world – including New York and Paris – followed and he developed a line of Christmas cards with the proceeds going to charity.

Now he’s following another passion: music. He and partner Tim Hawkes recently recorded a CD and their new downloadable song, I Heard the Bells of Christmas, will help the Grandview Children’s Center in Southern Ontario.

Jeff’s optimism continues to shine through.

“Never give up. I’ve come this far and I’m not going to turn back now.”

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