Jamaican woman honored as community hero by Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning


Jamaican Maxine Reyes, United States Army Combat Veteran (Retired), Air Force Veteran, Philanthropist, Author, Speaker, Certified Instructor and Master Resilience and Relationship Coach , was honored by the Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning as a Community Hero for her work as manager of the Chapters Health Systems Foundation Bravery Program and her advocacy within the military community. The Reyes-led program honors military veterans and first responders throughout the state of Florida. He received a $50,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Flashwhich was featured in the game on January 29, 2022.

Reyes was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Manchester with her great-grandmother, who died when Reyes was 12. She then lived with her mother and stepfather until her junior year of high school, after which she moved to South Florida to live with her grandmother in Pembroke Pines, attending Cooper City High School. She then graduated from Miramar High School, where she was voted “most talented” at her prom for her singing. She then decided to enlist in the army to continue her studies, acquire professional skills and take the opportunity to travel.

Reyes joined the US Air Force after graduating from high school, serving 11 years before transferring to the US Army and becoming an officer. She then served in a combat zone and served in a variety of roles including Commander, Instructor, and Budget and Finance Officer, as well as the additional duties of Casualty Officer, Investment Officer , etc During his military service, Reyes earned several personal development diplomas and certifications.

She retired from the military with an honorable discharge and is currently pursuing opportunities in media and entertainment. She is the Valor program manager for Chapters Health Systems, an entity that honors military veterans and first responders. She is also the founder and CEO of the Courage and Grace Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports girls’ confidence and youth education programs through scholarship, mentorship, and the arts, as well as causes supporting the military family community.

Reyes has inspired and entertained a wide range of audiences with his songs and speeches, including a President of the United States, dignitaries from Qatar, coalition troops in Afghanistan, students, and wounded armed forces warriors. His inspiring music can be found on most streaming platforms. Through her public speaking efforts, Reyes covers women’s empowerment, marriage and relationships, teen and youth events, and schools locally and internationally. She also partners with local businesses to serve causes that affect youth, the military community and the community in which she lives.

Reyes has mentored hundreds of people, earning accolades for his outstanding leadership style and outstanding community service. She founded the “Doctor Bird Scholarship Award” with her husband to recognize excellence in education at her elementary school in her hometown of Marlie Hill, Jamaica. His excellence in philanthropy and leadership was recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with the “Military Person of the Year” award. In 2016, his outstanding level of community involvement in Orlando culminated in a proclamation that July 14 was designated “Captain Maxine Reyes Day.” Reyes is particularly drawn to causes that support strong military families and the health of underprivileged women and children. She believes that all things should be approached with Love, Courage, Grace and Gratitude.

Reyes was chosen to be the keynote speaker for Working Women of Tampa Bay’s International Women’s Day event.


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