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In Memoriam Ericka Chambers Norman 1968 – 2010 Ericka Chambers Norman, a national of the United Ericka’s colleague remembered that “she always made States, was serving as a Board of Inquiry Officer for the an effort to take care of others in the office in ways big UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). and small, whether that meant lending us movies from her extensive DVD collection or making sure that a cab driver After graduating from Pomona High School in Los whom she befriended drove a number of us home safely Angeles, California, Ericka studied at Smith College in during a night of rioting in Kosovo in March 2004.” Northampton, Massachusetts, where she received a law degree in 1991. “Ericka’s strong spiritual faith, determination, her voice speaking out against injustice, her belief in dreams, her Ericka’s interest in the UN started when she visited a close refusal to accept defeat, and her good-heartedness will friend working in Kosovo in 2000. She secured a post always live in our memories,” said another. Many others in Kosovo with the UN Human Settlements Programme who knew her said “they were very lucky to have been (UN-HABITAT) in 2001 before joining the UN Interim touched by her smile, her laughter and her presence.” Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in 2003 as a Legal Officer. There, Ericka met her future Liberian Said a colleague: “She balanced her spiritual faith husband, Alvin (Curthis Alvin Norman) who also worked effortlessly with her logical lawyer’s mind. She was a smart, in UNMIK. They married in 2004 and relocated to Haiti practical professional with integrity and dedication who where they had a baby daughter. Her friends described looked at issues from a solution-oriented perspective.” Ericka as “a devoted wife and mother who passionately Colleagues and friends always felt like they could go to embraced and celebrated both roles.” Ericka to seek advice because she was empathetic and One of her colleagues said, “Throughout her time working kind-hearted and, regardless of the situation, she always for the UN, Ericka befriended many colleagues from tried to help in whatever way she could and often came various parts of the world. She took delight in learning up with creative solutions to problems. about their home countries, their particular culture and “She was a smart, bright shining light. She loved this world food and traveling to many places around the globe that she gave her gift of care, concern and commitment including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Thailand and Dubai, to,” described a colleague. to name a few. She enjoyed cooking and would re-create dishes from different parts of the world to the delight of Ericka is survived by her husband Alvin and her her friends and family.” daughter. These tributes were prepared based on information gathered from a number of sources, both within and outside the United Nations. They were drafted in the weeks that followed the Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010, in order to pay tribute to UN personnel who were killed. The tributes were intended for an internal audience of UN staff, and as such were published on the UN Secretariat’s intranet called iSeek. As a courtesy to family members and friends of the victims, and at the request of several UN Member States, they are republished in their entirety on this public page. They are not intended to be, nor should they be construed as, an official record of the United Nations. They should not be attributed any official status as to documenting the situation of the individuals mentioned or not mentioned.
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