Jumpstart Fund

Empowering Communities Through Automotive Care

Discover how our Jumpstart Fund and Car Care initiatives are making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in need. Through these programs, we're not just fixing cars – we're providing pathways to safety, security, and hope within our community.

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How It All Began

A Tribute to Kimberly Alison Ferland

The JumpStart Fund began as a heartfelt initiative borne from the compassionate vision of Kimberly Alison Ferland and her husband, Chris Ferland.

In memory of Kimberly, who tragically lost her battle with cancer in June 2022, the program was conceived as a means of providing tangible assistance to individuals facing financial hurdles in affording essential vehicle repairs.


Before the inception of Good News Auto Repair, Kimberly and Chris had been developing the JumpStart concept for about a year. Kimberly, driven by her desire to make a positive difference in the community, dedicated significant time and effort to shape the program's framework. Together, they envisioned JumpStart as more than just a charitable endeavor but as a social business model designed to offer a hand up rather than a handout.

JumpStart 2.0

In the wake of Kimberly's passing, Chris Ferland took up the mantle of advancing their shared vision, now known as JumpStart 2.0. Collaborating closely with Jesse (service manager) and Kelsey, each application is meticulously reviewed and analyzed. With the guidance of a dedicated board overseeing the program's operations, they remain steadfast in upholding Kimberly's legacy. Together, they ensure that JumpStart continues to shine as a beacon of hope for those in need.

The JumpStart Fund operates on the principle of providing assistance to employed individuals who may be facing substantial vehicle repair costs. By offering financial support, JumpStart aims to alleviate the burden of having to choose between essential repairs and other critical expenses like rent. Through a meticulous application process and collaboration with local partners, JumpStart strives to keep individuals safe, mobile, and empowered to maintain their livelihoods.

Over time, the program has evolved to incorporate various elements, including annual Car Care Vehicle Education workshops and stringent criteria to ensure assistance reaches those who truly need it. The name "JumpStart" symbolizes the program's mission to offer a fresh start to individuals experiencing automotive crises, supported by a community-driven funding model fueled by Good News Auto's profits, customer donations, and sponsorships from community organizations.

In essence, the JumpStart Fund stands as a testament to Kimberly's enduring spirit of generosity and compassion, continuing to uplift and empower individuals within the community, one repair at a time.

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The name "JumpStart" holds profound symbolism for us at Good News Auto. It reflects the countless times individuals have found themselves stranded on the side of the road, in need of a boost or a "JumpStart" to get them back up and running. Our JumpStart Fund embodies this spirit of assistance, offering a lifeline to people in our community facing automotive challenges.

Funded by a portion of our profits, along with generous contributions from our customers and sponsorships from community organizations, the JumpStart Fund represents our commitment to making a positive impact. It's our way of extending a JumpStart to individuals in need, ensuring they can overcome obstacles and continue their journey safely and confidently.


Are you facing significant vehicle repair expenses while employed and unable to access government assistance? Good News Auto's JumpStart Fund may be able to help. Our initiative aims to provide a "jumpstart" to individuals in this situation, ensuring they don't have to make difficult choices between essential repairs and other critical expenses like rent.

To apply for assistance, please contact Jesse at jesse@goodnewsauto.ca. Keep in mind that the application process may take up to two weeks as we collaborate with a local church for funding. It's important to note that mentioning JumpStart prior to vehicle repairs is crucial for eligibility. Additionally, each JumpStart vehicle repair requires a complete vehicle inspection to ensure that the investment made by Good News Auto and our church partner is warranted. We emphasize that it's imperative to mention JumpStart prior to any vehicle repairs. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for assistance with your vehicle repairs.


While our JumpStart Fund aims to provide assistance to individuals facing significant vehicle repair expenses, there are certain restrictions and limitations in place. Examples of vehicles that may not qualify for assistance include:

  • Vehicles with over 250,000 kilometers on the odometer.
  • European vehicles or vehicles manufactured before 1998.
  • Vehicles where the cost of repairs exceeds the vehicle's assessed value.

Additionally, it's important to note that our JumpStart Fund is specifically designed to help employed individuals who are facing financial challenges with vehicle repairs. The applicant is required to be employed and cannot have already received assistance from Jumpstart in the past. Unfortunately, this assistance is not available to those already receiving government assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. However, we do offer a $250 grant based on an individual basis.


Applying for JumpStart

Ready to apply for assistance through our JumpStart Program? Here's how:


Contact Jesse:

Reach out to Jesse, our dedicated point of contact for JumpStart assistance, at jesse@goodnewsauto.ca.


Application Process:

Upon contacting Jesse, you'll receive guidance on the application process. Please note that the application may take up to two weeks to process, as we collaborate with a local church for funding.


Complete the Application:

Obtain the application form from Jesse at the front desk of our facility. Fill it out thoroughly, ensuring all required information is provided.


Vehicle Inspection:

Keep in mind that each JumpStart vehicle repair requires a complete vehicle inspection. This ensures that the investment made by Good News Auto and our church partner is warranted.

Important Note:

Remember to mention JumpStart prior to any vehicle repairs. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility for assistance.

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Car Care Program

Empowering Vehicle Owners

A Community's Compassion

Our Car Care Program initiative traces its roots back to the inception of the Sherwood Park Alliance Church's Car Care Ministry several years ago. Originally established to aid individuals in financial distress with their vehicle repairs, this ministry operated as a biannual community effort, relying on donated labor, parts, and shop space for approximately a decade.

Vision for Expansion

In 2012, recognizing an opportunity to expand their impact, organizers envisioned a larger vision: to establish a community mechanic shop where more individuals could access repairs, gain valuable knowledge about their vehicles, and receive support when needed most.

Realizing the Dream

This dream became a reality with the opening of Good News Auto in September 2012. As a fully licensed retail mechanic shop, Good News Auto was founded with a clear mission: to ensure that customers have access to safe and affordable transportation. This commitment is realized through our JumpStart Fund, providing financial assistance for repairs, and our Car Care vehicle education program.

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"Good News Auto provided excellent service each time they looked after our car. They quoted prices accurately and completed work on time.   I enjoyed eating brunch in the nearby cafe while the work was completed"
Patti Magnan
"Kelsey was outstanding when getting me my battery during the cold snap! She got me a fantastic price and it was in next day! Way to go Good News Auto for having such a wonderful service advisor!"
"This is my first time going with them. Just had brake fluid flush and wheel alignment on my Santa Fe earlier this week. Very happy with the service and their pricing is quite competitive. Both Jesse and Kelsey are very inviting and knowledgeable."
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"It can be really hard to find an auto shop with integrity that you can trust! Good News is the place to go! You can trust what they’re telling you, they do a fantastic job and their customer service is incredible! No Better place to in Edmonton."
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"For the seven years I lived in Edmonton I brought my car here and I was always very happy with the service Good News provided. They kept our little go-kart of a Mazda in great shape and I always felt their recommended repairs/services were fair."
Nick Uhlig
"These guys are always so honest, and go out of their way to make sure your happy and satisfied! I highly recommend them 👍😁 keep up the great work Good News Auto!"
Janna Hanson


How can I apply for assistance through the JumpStart Fund?

To apply for assistance, simply contact Jesse, our dedicated point of contact for JumpStart assistance, at jesse@goodnewsauto.ca. He will guide you through the application process and provide further instructions.

What types of repairs does the JumpStart Fund cover?

The JumpStart Fund provides assistance for large vehicle repairs that employed individuals may be facing. These repairs could include issues with the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, and more. Reach out to us for specific inquiries regarding your repair needs.

Is there a waiting period for JumpStart assistance?

Yes, there may be a waiting period of up to two weeks for JumpStart assistance. This is because we collaborate with a local church for funding, and the application process requires careful consideration.

Can anyone qualify for Car Care educational workshops?

Yes, our Car Care educational workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about their vehicle. Whether you're a car enthusiast or just want to enhance your knowledge, our workshops are designed to empower all vehicle owners.

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