Tsawwassen high school student Natalie Burt-Carrol says she was shocked when she received a volunteer service award from the White House.
"I was not expecting this at all," said the 17-year-old.
She says she didn't apply for the award but believes she received it because she volunteered over 100 hours in the U.S.
Most of those hours were dedicated to putting together packages and personalized letters for American troops that are serving overseas through the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program.
Burt-Carrol says she just wrote about her daily life to help get the troops minds off the atrocities they were witnessing.
When asked why she didn't spend that time volunteering for Canadian charities, she said it was because "we are all in a battle that unites us together."
"If you are able to sacrifice that much of your life for such a beautiful cause and be on the front lines I can easily write a letter for someone that is bordering me," she said.
She's also volunteered her time to making blankets for children in need as well as helping clean up parks.