He holds a BA in Elementary Education from McGill University and a Masters Diploma in Education and Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Overcoming 10+ years in recovery (Bipolar 1, addiction, Guillian Barre Syndrome), Harrison attributes his creativity to have been a transformative force for self-actualization, leading him to overcome mental, physical, and spiritual adversity. Harrison is combining this lived experience with his post-graduate work in education and many talents to 'rebrand' and improve mental health.
Harrison has 30 years of experience as a performer and creator. In his youth he was a scholarship trumpet player and sang in the Montreal Symphony. On stage he has won Best-in-Show comedy awards and critical acclaim at the Montreal, Hamilton and Stratford Fringe Festivals. Harrison is the author of the YA novel "Jesters Incognito" (2013). Harrison is a huge fan of funk music, dreams of becoming a graffiti artist, and his favourite movie is, unapologetically, the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Harrison is sincerely passionate about creativity and the power it has to transform lives. As a Patient Advisor on the St. Joseph's Mental Health Quality Council and a trained peer support worker, Harrison offers a powerful, refreshing voice in the mental health arena.