Small sta­tion, big prize

Hants County cou­ple win free gas for a year from Falmouth’s Petro Canada location

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA CaroleMor­ris-Underhill@hantsjour­nalca

Mar­garet Rose Alexan­der and Den­nis Alexan­der are regulars at Falmouth’s Petro Canada gaso­line sta­tion, and their rou­tine fill ups have paid off.

The cou­ple, from Windsor, re­cently found out that they won free gas for a year.

From March 13 to May 21, Petro Canada was run­ning a con­test across the coun­try for a chance to win one of 75 prizes of free gas for a year. Cus­tomers were en­tered into the draw ev­ery time they swiped their Petro-Points card for gaso­line pur­chases, clean­ing their ve­hi­cles or stock­ing up on in-store items.

The Alexan­ders had luck on their side when they swiped their Petro Points card dur­ing a re­cent visit.

Alex Cham­bers, site man­ager at the Falmouth ser­vice sta­tion, couldn’t be­lieve the local sta­tion had a win­ner.

“It’s quite ex­cit­ing be­cause there’s only 75 win­ners this spring in all of Canada. It’s nice to have one local one from a small sta­tion,” said Cham­bers.

“I didn’t think that a small location like this would end up with a win­ner.”

Ni­cole Fisher, with Sun­cor En­ergy, said the com­pany has been award­ing free gas for a year as the main prize of its con­test for a num­ber of years. All prize win­ners are ran­domly se­lected from the to­tal na­tional en­tries.

Al­though they’re still con­firm­ing the fi­nal weekly win­ners, Fisher said three win­ners have been con­firmed from Nova Scotia.

The pro­vin­cial win­ners are Mar­garet Alexan­der, of Windsor, Emily My­ers (Forbes) of Lake Echo, and Me­lanie Saulnier, of Yar­mouth.

“For our sum­mer 2017 con­test, which was part of the cel­e­bra­tion of Canada 150, we awarded five prizes in Nova Scotia (out of 150 to­tal) ” said Fisher in an email

“For our sum­mer 2106 con­test, we awarded one prize out of 21 to­tal to a guest from Nova Scotia.”

Cham­bers, who has been with the sta­tion since 2006, said it’s es­pe­cially nice since the Alexan­ders are reg­u­lar cus­tomers.

He said hav­ing a smaller sta­tion win proves that ev­ery­one has an equal chance at win­ning a top prize.

“The big­gest thing is to re­mem­ber your Petro-Points card. I know we ask you ev­ery time you come in, but ev­ery swipe, you’re en­tered into these con­tests so if you don’t swipe it, you don’t get en­tered,” he said. “Just make sure that you’re swip­ing your points card.”

Fisher also stressed the im­por­tance of us­ing a Petro-Points card when mak­ing pur­chases, and re­minded card hold­ers to keep contact in­for­ma­tion up-to-date.

“It’s also im­por­tant that you keep Petro-Points up­dated with your new contact info if you move or change phone numbers as we need to be able to reach you,” she said.


Mar­garet Rose Alexan­der and Den­nis Alexan­der have plenty of rea­sons to smile. The cou­ple re­cently won free gas for a year from Petro Canada. Pic­tured here are, from left, Craig Mur­phy, Petro Canada ter­ri­tory man­ager, win­ners Den­nis Alexan­der and Mar­garet Rose Alexan­der, Alex Cham­bers, Falmouth site man­ager, and David Cham­bers, as­so­ciate site op­er­a­tor who has been with the Falmouth location since 1992.

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