Farewell Theo, Welcome Romel
The month of December was full of highlights, from the Paris Climate Conference to SOIL reaching over 500 household toilets. However, perhaps the biggest moment was the transitioning of our Cap-Haitien Regional Director Theo Huitema over to Romel Toussaint.
Theo came into the Cap-Haitien Regional Director position four years ago and totally transformed the Cap-Haitien office with his many years of management experience. Always a joke on hand, he was an expert in connecting with the staff and communities where SOIL works. By fostering a team environment, the Cap office was able to accomplish major projects such as developing the infrastructure at the waste treatment site, constructing a new eco-office run on solar power, and increasing our clientele by 400% with the same amount of staff. Theo’s engineering background in implementing appropriate technology was key in maximizing SOIL’s impact while keeping costs down. He influenced SOIL to always use local resources and knowledge when possible.
One of Theo’s great qualities that we appreciate the most is his support of every single staff member’s professional growth and development, which includes his wish to see a Haitian colleague transition into the Regional Director position. Over the years, one staff member particularly stood out – Romel Toussaint. Romel has been one of SOIL’s longstanding employees since 2010, working his way through SOIL’s agriculture department until he became SOIL Cap-Haitien’s Director of Agriculture. In addition to his experience in managing the operations and human resources at the SOIL waste treatment site and farm, he brings a passion for developing efficient systems throughout the organization so that SOIL can continue to grow its operations.
In a recent ceremony filled with love, appreciation, shared memories, laughter, and more than a few tears, Theo officially ended his time as Regional Director and handed the reins to Romel. We are so proud of both Theo and Romel, and for the entire SOIL team in supporting this transition. Romel thanks Theo for all of the big dreams he inspired in this office, saying, “We will continue to grow those dreams and keep our goals in sight!”