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MANGAN, Sheila Mary

Sheila Mary Mangan, 45, of Madison, CT and Dakar, Senegal passed away on May 26, 2012 in Dakar due to cardiac arrest while being treated for complications of malaria. Sheila was born on December 5, 1966 to Edward Joseph Mangan and Sonya Morton Mangan. Besides her parents she is survived by sisters Janet Gessner (Mrs. Timothy), of Chester, CT, Erin Downing (Mrs. Rodney) of Seattle, WA and her nieces whom she loved and cherished: Ruby Downing, Amy Zuse, Margaret, Hannah, and Laura Gessner. She is also survived by her aunts: Evelyn Douglas (Mrs. Earl), Anne Frohn (Mrs. William), Margaret Palmer (Mrs. Robert Hauschild), Janet Linskey (Mrs. Patrick) and Alice Doyle (Mrs. Robert). Sheila was predeceased by her aunts Mary Sokolosky, Beatrice Hoyt and Lillian Hach and her niece, Vanessa Downing. Sheila had an innate desire to better the world. In pursuit of that desire, Sheila studied Political Science, International Relations and Foreign Affairs at Central CT State University. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of CT and a second Masters Degree in Public Health at Southern CT State University. True to her international and multicultural nature, Sheila was fluent in other languages including French and Spanish. Sheila's passion and compassion led her to travel to Togo, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. During her time in the region, she was asked to continue on her path by joining UNICEF. Sheila thus began her vocation and committed herself to improving the lives of children, youth, and women affected by HIV/AIDS in various countries in Africa including Nambia, Kenya, Sudan, and Senegal. In 2010 she took on a new challenge to oversee UNICEF's West and Central Africa Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal as Adolescents and HIV/AIDS Specialist. In this position Sheila oversaw UNICEF's efforts to promote HIV prevention among adolescents and young people, especially those who are marginalized and at high risk for contracting HIV. She was also engaged in ensuring access to treatment, care and support services for adolescents living with HIV. She led the establishment of the West and Central Africa regional working group on HIV and young people of which she was the Chair. During more than a decade in Africa, Sheila used her expertise in Community Health Education to support many faith-based, non-profit and civil society organizations on project development and management, HIV prevention, reduction of stigma and discrimination, home-based care and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health services for youth. We have to believe that with her bright love and her virtuous heart Sheila has embarked on her new journey and at this very moment is smiling upon her parents, her sisters, her nieces, her aunts, her dear friends (Amy and Nancy) her mates (Paulette and Edvin) and all her colleagues and friends in the Peace Corps and UNICEF. She will be remembered by her family, friends and colleagues for her kind and generous nature, her passion for her work, her zest for life and the love she had for all who surrounded her. In Sheila's memory we ask that you smile, that you love, and that you be kind and generous to all who cross your path during your journey. And we ask that you remember her smile.
There will be simultaneous services to honor Sheila's memory in Dakar, Senegal and in Madison, CT. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Sheila's memory to: UNICEF USA Fund-Tribute Card Program, Attention: Karla Coello, 125 Maiden Lane, NY, NY 10038. See online memorial at www.wsclancy.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 3, 2012
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