Expansion, Support and Empowerment

The Canadian Society of Dowsers is a National Voluntary Not-for-profit  Association with an open membership whose purposes are to:

  • Facilitate networking amongst dowsers and organizational affiliates
  • Provide basic and continuing educational opportunities for members
  • Encourage the highest ethical standards and responsible practices on the part of its members
  • Promote public awareness of and appreciation for the art of dowsing
  • Encourage the development of new organizational affiliates

If you would like to help support CSD in meeting these goals, please contact us to offer your time or talents, or make a gift to CSD via our Donation Form.


Opinions and concepts expressed in the journal, web articles and local dowsing groups are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Canadian Society of Dowsers.

 

The Canadian Society of Dowsers is very proud of its members. The following special designations have been awarded:

Dowsers of the year

dowser-year-awardAbout the Award

The award is presented annually to a dowser who has made an outstanding contribution to Dowsing. The trophy was designed by CSD member and former director Klaus Stalschuss, and is based on sacred geometry.


Dowser-Year-2015-Cindy Mayne-Nancy-Bradley-web2015 – Cindy Mayne

Presented by Nancy Bradley (CSD President 2014-2016)
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Dowser of the Year 2014 Kathy Wilson2014 – Kathy Wilson

Presented by Louise Boucher (CSD President 2013-2014)
with help from previous Dowser of the Year, Jo-Anne Eadie

More About Kathy


Belleville_Pic8-350x2792013 – Nancy Bradley

Presented by Lyne Lacroix, (CSD President 2012 – 2013)
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Jo-Anne Eadie - Dowser of the Year Award 2012-320x2792012 – Jo-Anne Eadie

Presented by Kathy Wilson (CSD President 2010-2012)
More About Jo-Anne


Pat 3252011 – Pat Prevost

More About Pat


lloyd-nuttal-carol2010 – Lloyd Nuttall

More About Lloyd


ian-doig2009 – Ian Doig

More About Ian


DOYov2008_GarySkillen2008 – Gary Skillen

More About Gary


magills20072-400x2322007 – Bruce Magill

More About Bruce


markandsusan-200x2502006 – Susan Collins

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allan-mark2005 – Allan Hassoun

More About Allan


larry3-200x3082004 – Walter Huszczo

More About Walter

Honorary Life Members

From time to time the CSD honours those who have made a contribution to the society over a number of years.  We appreciate the many other people who make the organization successful, yet who go unrecognized.   Thank you everyone.

presSusanCollinsSusan Collins – 2006

Susan started on the board as Recording Secretary in 1999, then became the Convention Convener for two years. She was Vice President, and also Director Marketing, Webmaster and Link Editor. She teaches and practices dowsing and has spoken at many dowsing conferences including: the ASD West Coast Conference in 2006; the ASD annual Vermont convention in 2005; the CSQ annual convention in 2005 and CanAm 1 2004 (co-sponsored by ASD and CSQ). She works with traditional dowsing tools as well as the power of heart and thought to detect and transform non-beneficial earth, environmental and human energy patterns. Susan was the CSD Dowser of the Year in 2006.


doug-96x132Doug Gray – 2004

Doug is a Spiritual Councilor, dowser, speaker and storyteller. An ordained, non-denominational minister, he focuses on Native Spiritualism and Sacred Medicine.


dianemarcotte-96x131Diane Marcotte – 2004

Diane served on the board from and served as Membership Secretary, Director of Marketing, Webmaster and was the first Dowsers’s Link editor.


presJoanDeNewJoan De New Nathanson – 2003

Joan De New Nathanson first joined the CSD Board in 1998. She contributed substantially to the first CSD Constitution and By-Laws on which the current 2001 incorporation is based and has provided input on policy development. In 2005, she coordinated the Annual Convention. In 1998, she founded HAHN (Hamilton and Area Healing Network), CSD’s first Associate Member group, which holds monthly educational meetings. A dowser since 1994, Joan is a speaker, workshop leader, tutor, and intuitive counselor. She is currently an ordained, licensed healing minister with the Church of Healing Energy, with dowsing as her healing modality. Her special interests are dowsing for insight on soul’s purpose and distance healing, and she is exploring dowsing for organizational wellness.


Sandra YemmSandra Yemm – 2002

Sandra received her Honourary Life Membership in June 2002 and has been a member of CSD since 1996. She served as Vice President for the 2000-01 term and as Director for the years 1999 to 2002. Sandra performed the dual responsibilities of CSD Public Relations Convenor and Coordinator of Convention Activities from June 1998 to June 2001. She continued to fulfill the position of Convention Coordinator for the 2002 Convention. Sandra was a co-founder and facilitator of Toronto’s only School of Dowsing and Geobiology established in February 1997. Sandra continues to work as a consultant and educator in the field of energy medicine and most specifically, the Eastern philosophy of Feng Shui.


Margaret BallMargaret Ball

Margaret taught in the CSD dowsing schools for many years and has served on the nominating committee. She teaches dowsing on a regular basis in the Toronto area and has been a featured speaker at several local dowsing groups.


dorothydonovan-96x107Dorothy Clark-Donovan

Dorothy was the recording secretary for the CSD for 12 years and held a variety of positions on the board


Bernie & Helena Urban

Bernie was President of CSD from 1996 to 1998


presBettyStangerBetty & David E. Stanger

Betty & David E. Stanger were Co-Presidents of CSD from 1991 to 1993. In 1988/9 David was one of the founding members of the CSD and was the editor of the CSD Journal, the “Canadian Dowser”. David work was water dowsing. Almost all work is now of a spiritual nature, from the removal of discarnates, or entities to the clearing of blockages from conception to present day and the clearing of houses of earth energies harmful to humans plus electromagnetic energy.

presDavidStangerBetty took immense pride in being Co-President, a carry-over from their Square Dancing days when almost all positions on the executive were filled by couples. Betty considers herself the “GROUND” for David and able to fill in the gaps. She says her Intuition is her strength, but she has to remind herself to pay attention to what she is being told and act on it.


brucemagilldowsing-200x213-96x102Bruce Magill

Bruce was Dowser of the Year in 2007 and CSD President from 1993 to 1994. He was a teacher and practitioner of Dowsing , Reiki, Touch for Health, Clinical Hypnotherapy and The Learning Path Integrated Technique. He spoke at the CSD Conventions and taught in the dowsing schools for many years. He was a man of integrity, compassion, and had a zest for life. He could be a real jokester and many of us shared many moments laughing with him. As a dowser he forged many paths for us to explore, helped many with issues in their homes, with physical ailments and pain, helped companies find locations for their wells and was well known as The Ghost Buster.


Irene Magill


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Lifetime Achievement Award

Joan Nathanson, 2010

joan-nathanson-hon2010Joan (De New) Nathanson attended her first CSD Convention in June 1998, where she was elected second vice-president.  With the encouragement of Dorothy Clark Donovan, Joan contacted CSD members in the Hamilton, ON, area, and organized the first meeting of the Hamilton and Area Healing Network in November 1998 to provide ongoing dowsing educational opportunities on what has turned out to be almost a monthly basis since that time.

For the first three years, Joan acted as the HAHN “mother,” organizing the meetings, and sending out monthly newsletters to those who became members.  After that, a HAHN Council was elected each year to direct activities.  Joan continued as newsletter editor and a regular reporter on the monthly meetings until January 2010.  She also served as president of the Council in 2009.  HAHN became the first Associate Member group of the CSD, and has promoted CSD and contributed financially to it each year.  Several members of HAHN have served on the CSD Board of Directors.

Concerned that it was time to create a Constitution and By-Laws to facilitate CSD’s development, she drafted a statement of purpose and the means by which the purpose would be accomplished: this was adopted at the 1999 Annual Convention.  The following year, while Joan served as secretary of the Board, she worked with Guy Nadeau to develop a full Constitution and By-Laws which was adopted at the 2000 Annual Convention.  That year, she declined nomination to the Board, as she was expecting to be retiring with her husband to live in Guatemala.

As circumstances turned out, these plans did not develop, and in 2001, she was elected President of CSD.  Her main challenge was to work out the implications of a new Constitution and By-Laws which had been created when CSD incorporated in the spring of 2001.  Under Joan’s leadership, CSD produced a 3-panel brochure promoting the work of CSD for use by members with friends and acquaintances, and for distribution at conferences, workshops, and libraries. Many guidelines were created which provided clear direction to those serving as webmaster, the new quarterly newsletter editor, an editorial policy for the joint quarterly journal  published with the Canadian Society of Questers,  and to those providing leadership as Convention coordinators, and Dowsing School teachers.  Binders were created and distributed to each Board member with copies of the Constitution and By-Laws, approved policies and guidelines, and a place to keep Board minutes for easy reference.  These binders were intended to be passed on to future holders of these positions as references on which new Boards could build easily.  After her two-year term as president, she served an additional year on the Board as past president, ex officio, and was also the Annual Convention Convener.

Joan has presented workshops for dowsing groups including the Hamilton and Area Healing Network, Toronto Dowsers, Barrie Dowsers, Ottawa Dowsers, Kingston Dowsers, and Montreal Dowsers.  She has presented introductory dowsing workshops in Niagara Falls and London, ON.  She was a workshop leader at three different Annual Conventions of the American Society of Dowsers, and did a presentation and a workshop at the Canadian Society of Questers’ Annual Meeting in 2002 at Hundred Mile House, BC.  She has written articles on dowsing that have been published in the American Society of Dowsers’ quarterly digest, the journal of the Ozark Research Institute in Fayetteville, AR, and the quarterly journals of the CSD.

Joan also provides tutorials for individuals and small groups, assisting them to develop their dowsing skills, and encouraging them to explore the application of dowsing to new areas. Her personal dowsing specialties include Soul’s Purpose dowsing, and direct and distance healing using an energy checklist she has developed over the years.

Joan is also very interested in the possibilities of dowsing for organizational healing.  Since 2003, she has been a licensed Healing Minister with the Church of Healing Energy, a non-denominational organization incorporated in both Canada and the US, which gives legal recognition to her as a spiritual healer, governed by a public code of ethics posted on the internet on www.energychurch.org.

Joan is committed to the purposes of CSD, and expects to continue supporting the efforts of the Board and CSD members to accomplish them.  The potential of dowsers to contribute to global harmony, growth and healing is limited only by our vision of the possibilities available to us!

Although Joan was awarded an Honorary Life Membership when she retired as President, she was both surprised and humbled to have been selected as the first recipient of a CSD Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Past Presidents

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Past Presidents David Stanger, Susan Collins, Betty Stanger, Joan DeNew and Gary Skillen at the 2006 annual convention.

Other Past Presidents by Date

PBCarolHeathCarol Heath, President 2008 – 2009

Carol has been interested in Dowsing since she was young but didn’t know it had a name until she became a member of CSD.  Carol was past president of HAHN and is a member of the Brantford and the London Dowsers.  An avid learner she has studied, over the last thirty years, many modalities including, but not limited to Crystals, Regression Work, Dowsing, Hypnosis, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch. Workshops and presentations are a means in which she shares her knowledge  This journey of healing has given her many opportunities to learn from amazing teachers many of whom are people of the First Nation. Sharing her experiences both professionally and in private practice has led her to serving in the role of CSD President.  She  have a private practice, A Time For You!, in Brantford ON   519-759-4742 or carolheath@rogers.com


brewer_resize-96x120Mark J. Brewer, President 2007

Mark has been an intuitive dowser for over 40 years and has been using a dowsing techniques in his healing ministry and Reiki practice. He has broad experience in business, education and spiritual development. This is his fifth year on the CSD board, serving in the past as convention convener, marketing coordinator, Link editor and webmaster. Mark is a member of the board of directors of the Brampton Kiwanis Club, where he currently serves as treasurer and will be President Elect in the upcoming year. He is also on the board of directors of the Medicine Beach Reiki Society on Pender Island, British Columbia.

Website – http://www.reikitoronto.com
Email –  markbrewer@rogers.com


presSusanCollinsSusan Collins, President 2003 – 2006

Susan started on the board as Recording Secretary in 1999, then became the Convention Convener for two years. She was Vice President, and also Director Marketing, Webmaster and Link Editor. She teaches and practices dowsing and has spoken at many dowsing conferences including: the ASD West Coast Conference in 2006; the ASD annual Vermont convention in 2005; the CSQ annual convention in 2005 and CanAm 1 2004 (co-sponsored by ASD and CSQ). She works with traditional dowsing tools as well as the power of heart and thought to detect and transform non-beneficial earth, environmental and human energy patterns. Susan was the CSD Dowser of the Year in 2006.

Website – www.dowser.ca.


presLarryHuszczoLarry Huszczo, President  2003

Larry is a gifted dowser and energy worker who walks many paths.


presJoanDeNewJoan De New Nathanson, President 2001 – 2003

Joan De New Nathanson first joined the CSD Board in 1998. She contributed substantially to the first CSD Constitution and By-Laws on which the current 2001 incorporation is based and has provided input on policy development. In 2005, she coordinated the Annual Convention. In 1998, she founded HAHN (Hamilton and Area Healing Network), CSD’s first Associate Member group, which holds monthly educational meetings. A dowser since 1994, Joan is a speaker, workshop leader, tutor, and intuitive counselor. She is currently an ordained, licensed healing minister with the Church of Healing Energy, with dowsing as her healing modality. Her special interests are dowsing for insight on soul’s purpose and distance healing, and she is exploring dowsing for organizational wellness.

Contact Joan at: (905) 549 – 7956, or jnathanson@cogeco.ca


presGarySkillenGarry Skillen, President 1999 – 2001

Gary Skillen was a geomancer, professional earth grid engineer, inventor, dowser, international lecturer, teacher, researcher, and ecological agri-consultant. He graduated in Dairy Science from Macdonald College, the extension of McGill University, and has devoted most of his research to ecological solutions in the field of agriculture. His work specifically focused on the interaction of the health of animals and the soils on which their feed crops are grown. His goal was to reduce toxic rescue chemistry, which is used extensively by the farming community, led Gary to develop an environmentally friendly soil fertility management program to reduce chemical use and bring soil minerals into balance while increasing biological activity. In this regard, Gary has been a feature speaker and seminar facilitator in Central, Eastern & Western Canada, as well as in the United States. He was the Director of Research and Development of BioTLC.


Bernie Urben, President 1996 – 1998


presPaulKobakPaul Kobak, President 1994 – 1996


presBruceMagillBruce Magill, President 1993 – 1994

Our friend Brucey died August 2006. He will be missed.

Bruce was a teacher and practitioner of: Dowsing, Reiki, Touch for Health, Clinical Hypnotherapy and The Learning Path Integrated Technique. He spoke at the convention and taught in the dowsing schools for many years.


Betty & David E. Stanger, Co-Presidents 1991 – 1993

presDavidStangerDavid started dowsing some 50 years ago when a water works foreman was looking for a 4″ steel water pipe close to an old hydrant. The foreman had “L” rods with handles 10″ long and the arms run at least 18″ long. They were made out of copper electrical wire and had been used for high voltage service. The foreman stated that these were the only ones that would work; for him this was a true statement.
In September 1986 Dave attended the ASD dowsing school, a two-day affair, and was quickly shown that many other things could be done with dowsing. Since that time David took his son to a healing clinic in Montréal, was told by Rev. Sharon Forrest that he was a healer: he hasn’t stopped since.

In 1988/9 David was one of the founding members of the CSD He is a past president of the Association and was the editor of their Journal the “Canadian Dowser”.David currently does water dowsing, and was in Jamaica for seven days looking for water for at the Jamaica Jamaica Hotel. He and his wife also spent a monthdowsing in Scotland working with Standing Stones etc., he also made a presentation to the Edinborough Dowsers. He is also an ordained priest “After the Order of Melchizedek”. Almost all work is now of a spiritual nature, from the removal of discarnates, or entities to the clearing of blockages from conception to present day and the clearing of houses of earth energies harmful to humans plus electromagnetic energy. Clients extend across Canada and California and Hawaii as well as some in Europe. David also has been given techniques for assisting people who sincerely wish to remove most forms of addiction. David presently has the privilege of channelling Seraphim who prepares people for the great changes that are taking place on this wonderful Earth.
David is still involved with “Standing Stone Circles” and has created a circle on his own property, along with a double labyrinth. He previously had constructed an energy wheel.

Life is ever changing and we are all called upon to do many things.

presBettyStangerDavid and I met in the first year of college at Sir George Williams University.  We never came unstuck; I earned a B A. and David a B Sc.
David took the basic ASD Dowsing  course in 1986, I was also at the ASD Convention but it took me two years time before I leaned to dowse, also at the ASD, I was a skeptic.  Essentially the idea of being “left behind” spurred me on.
In the early days of CSD I took immense pride in being Co-President, a carry-over from our Square Dancing days when almost all positions on the executive were filled by couples.
I was and still am the “GROUND” for David and am able to fill in the gaps.  Intuition is my strength, but I still have to remind myself to pay attention to what I am being told and then act on it.

presBobBrewerBob Brewer. President 1988 – 1991

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.  ~John Taylor

Our end, which is endless, is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.  ~Buddhist Saying


Art Read:  Member of Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, Lifetime Member of CSD

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Gary SkillenDowser of the Year 2008 and President 1999-2001   Passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Cornwall Community Hospital as the result of the sudden onset of cancer at the age of 64 years. Gary Kenneth Skillen of Apple Hill (Owner of Ecological Agricultural Solutions and Energies, Maxville). Loving father of Martine Skillen (James Curry) of Smiths Falls and Jeffery Skillen (Erin Brown) of Victoria B.C. and the late Andrea Skillen. Cherished companion of Janet Goodfellow. Dear brother of Bonnie Brown (Bill) of Orillia, Bruce Skillen and Linda Bennett both of Wingham. Heather Leigh (Rod) of Fergus, Lois Kelly (Bill) of Calgary and Tom Skillen (Gisele Bergeron) of Drummondville. Son of the late Kenneth Skillen and the late Irene Lariviere. Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 20 Main Street, Maxville, (613) 527-2898 on Monday, April 7, 2008 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of the Service at 2:00 pm. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be appreciated by the family. As a memorial to Gary, a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows memories live.

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Bruce Magill:  President of the CSD for 1993 and 1994. Canadian Society of Dowers – Lifetime Member of CSD, Dowser of the Year award recipient.Bruce Magill  Havelock, Ontario 

Born: Toronto, ON October 13, 1933 –  Havelock, ON August 7, 2006

Dowser and Human Being Extraordinaire
One of the best and most dedicated dowsers and dowsing teachers on the planet and a friend to many.
A man of integrity, compassion, and who had a zest for life. He could be a real jokester and many of us shared many moments laughing with him. As a Dowser he forged many paths for us to explore, helped many with issues in their homes, with physical ailments and pain, helped companies find locations for their wells and was well known as The Ghost Buster.

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