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Special Olympics BC

Since 1984, the Foundation has raised more than $5.8 million for Special Olympics BC. In 2024, NCDA will celebrate its 40th year of support for SOBC, a partnership that has played a critical part in the growth of the volunteer non-profit organization. The New Car Dealer’s Auction for SOBC raises more than $200,000 annually via the Foundation, and a percentage of revenue raised through the auction returns to the Foundation.

Auction For Athletes

The 2023 Auction for Athletes was a huge success once again, raising over $230,000 for Special Olympics BC and the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC!

The 2023 auction, held from April 24 to 27, was the biggest yet with more than 275 sought-after prizes! The auction was steered to success by New Car Dealers and supporters who generously donated the record number of auction items, made cash pledges, bid on items, and engaged their networks to join them in making a difference.

“I am so inspired by our industry and the lasting impact they make wherever they come together,” said Blair Qualey, President and CEO, New Car Dealers Association of BC. “This support will make such a huge difference for Special Olympics athletes. I extend my sincere thanks to all the amazing sponsors and everyone who placed bids that provide important support for Special Olympics BC’s year-round sports programs as well as important car careers grants and scholarships.”

For more than 35 years, the auction has raised more than $5.8 million to support the life-changing work of Special Olympics BC and the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC.

On behalf of athletes like Kayley Hendsbee, Special Olympics BC thanks all the Auction for Athletes supporters who are committed to changing lives and building inclusion through the power and joy of sport.

“Special Olympics has immensely helped my physical and mental health, and given me something I never would have expected…an entire community of athletes, coaches, and volunteers that are not only friends but family, that inspire you and drive you and give you courage to be the best you that you can be,” Hendsbee says.

For Special Olympics BC – Vancouver athlete Sarah Brown, being involved with SOBC is a great way to make lasting friendships and live healthy lifestyles.

“I’ve been involved in this amazing organisation for about 20 to 25 years. I’ve made a lot of new friends from different Locals and I’ve learned to be a team player by giving support and cheering on fellow athletes. Being involved with Special Olympics has helped me by eating healthier meals and becoming more active,” Brown says.

Post-Secondary Schools

The New Car Dealers Foundation of BC distributes award and grant funding through the CarCareerBC program, and also in collaboration with several post-secondary schools. Over $40,000 is distributed annually through the various awards, which are currently set up with the following schools and programs.

Marketing Tourism Program, Professional Sales Program (Business), Automotive Trades

Automotive Foundations, Automotive Apprentice Levels 2, 3 or 4, 1st Year Business Certificate or 2nd Year Business Diploma Programs

Automotive Service Technician Program, Business (Business Management, Accounting or Finance) Programs

Automotive Business Diploma and Bachelor of Business, Automotive Management Degree Program

Automotive Service Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Trades, Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, and Business Degree/Diploma Program

Business Program, Automotive Service Technician Program

The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association also has a scholarship established for students enrolled in the Automotive Business School of Canada Bachelor of Business, Automotive Management Program through Georgian College.

For students who are not attending the above schools/programs, they may apply for a grant through the CarCareerBC Grant Program.

If you are a post-secondary school or dealer member interested in partnering with the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC for awards, grants or scholarships, or if you are a post-secondary school with a donation request, please contact

ADESA Vehicle Auction

A car today strengthens your industry tomorrow!

Support your New Car Dealers Foundation of BC to develop and educate youth entering our industry. It’s easy to help:

  • The Foundation arranges and covers all transportation for donated vehicles, and there are no additional expenses to you.
  • Vehicles will be sold by the New Car Dealers Foundation with ADESA as the auction partner.
  • 100% of funds from each sold vehicle are directed to the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC, and tax receipts are available.
  • Funds from all sold vehicles will be directed to grants and post-secondary funding.

Contact ADESA with questions or to donate a vehicle at