IWIN Initiative

I’m Worth It Now

Sexual exploitation can happen anywhere and to anyone’s child.

I’m Worth It Now (IWIN) is an initiative by the Catholic Women’s League at St. Michael’s which seeks to assist human trafficking survivors by providing them with backpacks and raising awareness about this important topic.

Inspired by a successful group in Florida, St. Michael’s CWL conducted a trial run of 12 backpacks last December, with the support of the following councils in Calgary: Holy Name, Holy Spirit, St. Peter’s, St. Bonaventure, and St. Albert the Great.

Each backpack contained personal care products, change of clothing, and a personal note for local survivors of human trafficking. A bracelet was also enclosed, with a matching bracelet being given to a prayer warrior to keep the recipient close to their hearts in prayer. These backpacks were distributed through Calgary Police Service personnel and the RESET Society of Calgary.

With the success of this trial run, we are inspired to help more survivors through this initiative — but we need your help.

You can contribute by helping us offset the cost of each backpack — we welcome monetary donations during our our launch event on Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Community (800 85 Street SW). We can accept cheques made out directly to IWIN.

There will be a talk on Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Calgary: Understanding the Realities by Detective Paul Rubner of the Calgary Police Service, a testimony from a trafficking survivor, and an address by RESET Society of Calgary Director Liz Gibson.

How you can help

Through your monetary donations, you can help us offset the cost of each backpack as well as all the personal care items and change of clothing that each bag contains.

Donations can be made online, by cheque (made out to IWIN), or through Interac e-transfer to iwincalgary@gmail.com.

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“When the full project is launched, 100-200 backpacks per year will be supplied in Calgary alone.”

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If you have any questions, you can reach the CWL using the form below.

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