Samantha Franklin

Child and youth worker

Samantha Franklin is a passionate and dedicated Child and Youth Care Practitioner, Entrepreneur, and Social Change Agent. Samantha is committed to providing and creating positive opportunities for children, youth and families to access support services and enhance levels mental health and wellness.

Samantha has several years of experience in community development work, individual and family services; youth support programs, motivational speaking, leadership initiatives and social change programs in both the Kingston and Ottawa communities.

“I came into this field because I believe in young people. Regardless of your circumstances, or the challenges you may face you always have the choice to make change. I wanted The Changers to provide the opportunity for a young person to make that choice.”


“Every Youth Facing Adversity is One Caring Adult Away From a Success Story.” – Josh Shipp 

Carly Skead

Child and Youth Worker 

Carly Skead is a dedicated Child and Youth Worker who strives to make a positive difference in the lives of youth. Her goal is to make a meaningful impact and to promote confidence and wellbeing in our community through leadership and engaging youth programming. Carly has experience working with children and youth of all ages in a diverse range of settings including: youth support services, school system and community programs.


"Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself." -Edmund Lee.

Lucia Pecora

Child and youth worker

Lucia Pecora is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who is passionate about and dedicated to helping youth and their families. Lucia is committed to providing therapeutic programs and services, while offering support within the community. Lucia is passionate about health and wellness and how it can be a positive influence on youth facing issues with mental health and self-esteem.

Lucia has several years experience working in the field of Child and Youth Counseling which includes mental health services, crisis intervention, youth support programs, program development, and individual and family services.


“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers” - Veronica Shoffstall