Briel Leveillé passed away early this morning at SBH, which he helped bring into existence. Briel was a long-time leader in the Fond des Blancs community, founder of a local community development organization, and a massive force for positive change for many decades. He was the first community member that the founders of HEI/SBH met when they arrived in Fond des Blancs in the early 1980s, and worked diligently throughout his life for more opportunities for the people of his community.
Briel worked with us for many years as our external relations coordinator - a key link between the greater community and the hospital. He founded RATRAP, a local community development organization, and helped run programs that lifted up local farmers, gave children the opportunity to go to school, and supported the most vulnerable people in town. He was the elected leader of the community for many years, and served as an unofficial leader for nearly his entire adult life. Having only a primary school education, which he began at the age of 13 and completed at age 21, Briel never saw a challenge he didn’t want to take on. He sent all 12 of his children through primary and secondary school—schools that existed and thrived in part because of his tireless work to make life better for the children of Fond des Blancs.