Nokia StrongHer Initiative Gives the Gift of Connection to Domestic Violence Survivors

Harmony House receives donation of technology and cash to help female survivors and their families of violence during COVID-19 

April 1, 2021. OTTAWA – This March, Nokia’s StrongHer Canada’s International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge Fundraising Campaign raised over $15,000 to support Harmony House, Ottawa’s only second stage domestic violence shelter.  The donation includes a $5,000 grant for technical upgrades, 5 laptops, and $10,000 in funds donated by members of the StrongHer initiative.

StrongHer is a grassroots initiative to support women in technology related fields and is working towards gender parity in all workplaces. The initiative advances gender diversity by offering networking opportunities, personal development, and a think-tank on leadership and management. It also provides exposure to diverse role models for women and men, along with business contacts within and beyond the technology sector. StrongHer Canada is the antenna in the Nokia Canada organization.

Now, StrongHer Canada is offering support to women escaping violence at Harmony House. Since its creation, Harmony House has helped over 2,500 people escape violence. The second stage shelter houses up to 16 families with supports including a daycare, tutors, housing assistance, advocacy, and women’s empowerment programs.

“We are thrilled to receive this gift of connection,” says Ray Eskritt, the Executive Director of Harmony House.  “COVID has resulted in a loss of community supports, but with these laptops and this technology upgrade assistance, the women we help will be able to live a fuller, happier, and safer life while under pandemic restrictions.” The shelter plans on using the support to enhance online peer support programs, as well as encourage women to access schooling, work, and therapy resources from the wider community. “The path to healing is connection. Thanks to Nokia’s StrongHer Canada, we can ensure that no one is alone through this very stressful time.” For more information or to make a donation, please go to

For More Information Contact:
Marilyn Matheson
Executive Director, Harmony House