Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan was awarded Kiwanis International’s highest honor last month for her passionate dedication to music education.

In 2002, McLachlan’s dream of giving youth access to music came true after she launched an after-school music program in Vancouver.

“After a decade of hard work and the generosity of many sharing in my vision of providing music education to youth who otherwise have no access to music, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music became a reality,” McLachlan said in a statement.

Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio said McLachlan’s “dedication to providing music education to children who otherwise would not receive it is impressive and aligned to the Kiwanis mission of improving their lives.”

McLachlan joins past World Service Medal award recipients like Mother Teresa, Audrey Hepburn, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nancy Reagan.