Debert resident grand prize winner in national online contest

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TRURO – A Debert resident has won a national contest worth $15,000 for garage renovations.

Debert's Tyler Starks is thrilled to have won a national online garage makeover contest. As the grand prize champion, Starks will receive $15,000 from Canadian Tire to use for home and garage renovations. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News

Tyler Starks is thrilled and still in a little bit of disbelief that he won the Canadian Tire garage makeover contest.

“It’s really overwhelming. I was second-guessing it and I couldn’t believe it,” Starks, 28, told the Truro Daily News. “I did a lot of researching to check its authenticity and then it sunk in.”

Starks, an accountant in Debert, found out about last summer’s Champion Tune-up Your Garage online contest through a link on Facebook. However, it was only recently that he received the good news that he was the lone grand prize winner.

“I entered (the contest) once a day for two months online … I honestly didn’t think I’d win the grand prize,” Starks said, adding he has filled out many contests forms before but has never won anything in the past.

And Starks has big plans for his winnings. He intends to use the money towards tools, a tool box, an air compressor, benches and cabinets, to name a few.

“I’m always doing projects … I’m doing house renovations with the garage too. It needs signing and wiring, the roof is half tin and half shingled and I need (space) for my race car,” he said. “There’s tools all over the place and out-of-date equipment. This is the motivation to (upgrade) and a chunk of (the money) will go to kitchen renovations too.”

The cheque is expected to be given to Starks on Monday.

Kamila Karwowski, communications advisor with Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., confirmed Starks’s win with this paper.

Bart Hinze, associate dealer of the Truro-based Canadian Tire, was pleased with the success of a local resident.

“At Canadian Tire, we are passionate about life in Canada.  By giving Tyler the tools and products he needs to update his garage, we are hoping to help turn his jobs into joys," said Hinze in a news release.  “We’re happy to be helping Tyler finally transform his garage into an automotive shrine, and a true home for his race car.”

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TRURO - Tyler Starks has won $15,000 from a national Canadian Tire online contest for  a garage makeover.

Starks said he's overwhelmed and couldn't believe his good fortune.

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Geographic location: Debert

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  • bruce
    March 17, 2014 - 09:38


  • chief wiggam
    March 17, 2014 - 06:47

    that's so awesome! you never hear of any big winners around here.