We gather together as a fellowship with like-minded people celebrating our mutual love of Spirit and
to explore the principles, teachings, philosophy and beliefs of the Spiritualist religion. At the Canadian
Fellowship of Spiritualists we offer a sense of community and support to all who come
through our doors regardless of their beliefs and denomination.
We consider ourselves blessed to have a wealth of excellent mediums, healers and guest speakers; of
whom we consider to be friends, who frequently join us to work within our sacred space. Our
friends each bring their own unique talent and expertise contributing to the positive and
loving energy that is such an important part of our Fellowship.
CFOS is grateful for these special people in their service to the Infinite Intelligence.
CFOS President, Fellowship Medium, Teacher, Healer, Author and Student Reverend
Joann had her first experience with Spirit while attending an Evangelist service in her hometown with a family friend around the age of 13. She was not use to attending religious services so when the audience was directed to stand up at one point in the service she did not understand why, she simply followed the crowd and stood up too. It was in that moment that she experienced what she understood to be God literally fill her body with a loving energy of light. While completely engulfed in the beautiful energy she thought "If this is what religion is all about I'm all for it". This started her search for spiritual understanding and set the foundation for her journey to Spiritualism.
Searching for answers Joann found a small group of women called the Tri-ethereal Group. This group worked
with the spiritual realm and one of the three women was a trance channel. We often held circles and received
guidance from spirit. This is also where she received experience of working with spirits that had not moved
onto the light. This was exciting work to help individuals dealing with active spirits in their homes. The group
was called to help discern what was happening at the homes and after doing so helped the spirits cross
over to the light. This was very rewarding work because it helped the families that were dealing with
the spirits and helped the spirits finally move on and no longer be trapped on our plane.
Years later spirit lead Joann to the Britten Memorial Spiritual Church and this is where she began official
training as a medium and took various spiritual development classes and educational classes on Spiritualism.
Working with spirit Joann had been writing out messages she was receiving from spirit and eventually as
her confidence grew she began sharing these writings with the congregation not just her classmates.
She delivered these messages as a lecturer for the church and was a student medium as well. Eventually
she served on the board for the church before spirit lead her to the next leg of her spiritual journey.
Upon spirit's direct Joann branched into teaching others spiritual development classes and how to communicate
with the Angels and the spiritual realm. During this same period of time she was asked by spirit to write a book.
She had been writing with spirit for a long time already so she happily agreed not knowing what she would
be writing. Working with spirit she transcribed the book "God Speaks - Memoirs for God". Although she has
not yet published the book she knows spirit is moving her in that direction and is looking
forward to sharing the words of wisdom with others.
With confidence growing she began to give private readings upon spirit's encouragement. Working with
spirit in this way is extremely rewarding and being able to help others with various aspects of their life is
a wonderful experience. A private reading is a longer version of a message you might receive while
attending a Spiritualist Church service. The big difference is that the person getting the reading gets
a longer, more in depth reading but the source of the reading is the same. The source being from
spirit, loved ones that have passed, ascended masters and even the Angels or a mix of them.
Joann has also studied various healing modalities such E.F.T, Chakra Healing, IET, Spiritualist healing
instruction with Britten Memorial Church,and several levels of Quantum Touch modality and she is a
Reiki Master. Although she knows her main calling is not to be an energy healer these
classes have helped strengthen her bond with spirit.
Continuing her search for spiritual knowledge Joann found the Church of Universal Love. She has taken
various courses with them and has served Church of Universal Love as a medium during various
events. Joann also served the COUL Board as a Director until July 2018.
Spirit has since opened the door and has been a guiding force encouraging Joann to be one of the
co-founders of the Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists. Serving the Fellowship as President
is an exciting new challenge that spirit has asked her to do.
Joann is a member of the Spiritualist Church of Canada and is pursuing studies to become a Minister
with them. She is looking forward to touching even more people's lives as the President of the
Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists and as an ordained Minister when she completes her studies.
Joann loves helping people and being of service to spirit in whatever capacity that looks like. She
is a strong promoter of the Spiritualist religion as she is eternally
grateful for the impact it has made in her life.
Erma Mac Donald
Treasurer, Fellowship Medium, Healer and Teacher
As a young girl Erma was exposed to the Spirit world within her own family. Her mother was able to communicate with deceased loved ones and read tea leaves and playing cards. Erma has always believed in spirit because spirit was always around her and she could sense it. Erma was able
to see things that others were not, she often had dreams that would come true.
Erma’s real journey into Spiritualism started in 2012 after her husband passed over. Her husband had
been ill for many years and the last year of his life was particularly hard.
After her husband passed Erma’s daughters decided that she needed a new beginning. The three of them
arranged for her to go stay with her youngest daughter who lives in northern California.
Her daughter gave Erma a CD, telling her that it had really moved her. So, Erma watched the movie. It was called
“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” and the movie moved her and changed her. The next day she
felt compelled to join an online mediumship class and to start working on being a healer.
Erma began researching and reading everything she could to find about mediumship and about angels. She was soon guided by spirit to a Spiritualist church located in a little town near her daughter’s horse farm that had been there for 150 years. After visiting the church she felt a shift in her life and the spiritual transformation is still occurring even today.
After a rejuvenating six months in California with her daughter Erma returned home and immediately started
searching for Spiritualist churches so she could continue her mediumship and spiritual development.
She found the Spiritualist Church of Galt. The church was quite a distance away from her home in Etobicoke and
a while later her car quit working. Erma had to stop her mediumship development classes for awhile but during
her visits to the church she connected with a very important person over a weekend event in Galt.
That person would become a teacher and mentor to Erma a few months in the future. She met this lady at
the weekend class with Rev. Joseph Shiel from Lilydale. Rev Shiel is an amazing medium and teacher.
Erma was unable to do one of the exercises but she was paired with this special lady. Erma had to give her a
reading, but was having trouble. The Gal took Erma’s hands and said try now,much to Erma’s surprise it worked.
Later on she told Erma about a Spiritualist church in Toronto. Unable to find that church at first, she eventually found Springdale Spiritualist church. Unfortunately the trip to Springdale from Etobicoke without a car was just too long.
Continuing to research Spiritualist Churches in Toronto Spirit lead her to The Church of Universal Love which
at the time was located in the library at Bathurst and Lawrence. The Church was only a twenty minute bus
ride from where she was living and Erma attended her first service in October of 2013.
Church of Universal Love was just what Erma was looking for, friendly people, interesting services, messages
and healing. By Christmas she had become a member and was already volunteering to
help on the board as assistant to the president and treasurer.
Over the years Erma has taken many spiritual development classes. As a result she is a certified healer, a trance
healer, a medium and an animal communicator. She particularly enjoys the animal communication part of
her spiritual journey and has had many fascinating experiences with our animal friends.
Erma’s 50 years of experience in business, her accounting experience several years as an executive secretary for
a not for profit organization were a great help. Erma would soon become the treasurer and then the
president of the Church of Universal Love.
After serving COUL for several years Erma resigned her position as President in June of 2018 due to
health challenges she was facing.
As one door closes and another one opens. Erma’s intention was to take time to rest and regain her health, but
Spirit has laid a path before her that she knows is her next step forward on her spiritual journey. In July 2018
Erma became one of three founders of the Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists in Toronto. Erma
is not yet out of the woods regarding her health challenges but she has noticed an
improvement as she moves forward in the co-creation of CFOS.
Erma loves working with spirit and is looking forward to serving others in this new venture they put
before her to participate in. She is excited about the possibilities with the Canadian Fellowship
of Spiritualists and the promotion of Spiritualism in our city and across Canada.
Reverend Marilyn Gaitskell
Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists Minister, Medium, Teacher, Healer
Reverend Marilyn E Gaitskell has been involved in Spiritualism since 1987. At that time she became a member of the Church of Universal Love, first as a member and then as a board member then as President.
In 1999 Reverend Marilyn was ordained by the The Spiritualist Church of Canada.
Rev. Marilyn went on to become the Minister at COUL for 19 years and she has served on the Board of The Spiritualist Church of Canada for many years.
Rev. Marilyn's last year serving the SCofC was as 1st Vice President. At the end of the term in that position she decided to step down to allow other people opportunity to serve.
Rev. Marilyn continues to be very active in the Spiritualist community and frequently gives lectures and gives messages at various Spiritualists Churches in Ontario. She has also worked at Lily Dale in New York, Bangor Maine and in Calgary Alberta. Rev. Marilyn has also been a guest speaker on radio show broadcasts.
Rev. Marilyn was set to retire from her activities in the Spiritualist community in October but spirit has other plans for her.
Good friends with the one of the founders of the Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualist, Marilyn has decided now is not the time to retire and she is continuing her service to spirit by becoming the founding Minister for the Fellowship.
Rev. Marilyn is excited about the opportunity that spirit has brought her to continue serving the Spiritualist community with the Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists.
Marilyn is a Minister, Teacher, Healer, and Medium.