In addition, he gave the population access to necessities such as clean water and electricity for the first time. Having access to clean water helped prevent diseases. And kids were able to study in a better lighting when it gets dark.
Furthermore, knowing how Haitians love their carnival, he had floats at the yearly parades during Mardi Gras (also a first). Which brought local tourists to the town, and helped small businesses. To add a little icing on the cake, he opened the first bar/restaurant the town has ever had.
These were some of the great things that he was able to accomplish. But to me what makes him even more special is the fact that his leadership didn’t stop once he was no longer a mayor. Over a decade after he had resigned, he opened the town’s first kindergarten and influenced his wife to fight for the department of health to bring a modern clinic to Saint Louis.
In a country where most politicians disappoint, he brought satisfaction.
I call him, “Le Premier Saint Louisien”. He’s also my dear dad and my personal hero.