Domino’s Leaves Huge Impression in Leamington – by Scott C. Holland
Canada Domino’s Pizza CEO Mike Schlater, who was accompanied by his wife, Lilibeth, attended the game and ceremonies. With 1,071 fans looking on, Schlater dropped the ceremonial puck and was given a special “third” edition Leamington Flyers jersey.
Domino’s was the corporate sponsor of the game. An electrifying atmosphere was provided by three schools of elementary children and their parents who were in attendance courtesy of Domino’s.
Free pizzas for the school children were a massive hit – they brought some up to the press box and post-game provided more for the teams and on-ice officials. Domino’s made lots of friends.
The Schlaters has given Leamington a $1 million donation in exchange for four Domino’s signs around the rink (inside and outside). The Schlaters stayed for the entire contest.
Mr. Schlater is one of the top philanthropists in the area having donated over $10 million to many charities including the Sick Kids’ Hospital (Toronto), Children’s Hospital (London, Ont.), Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Michael’s Church building Fund (Leamington), Cardinal Carter High Scghool (Leamington), Queen of Peace Public School (40 students are awarded full post-secondary education scholarships) and transportation and Domino’s Pizza for 7,100 elementary students to visit and discover Point Pelee National Park last spring.
Mr. Schlater is originally from Ohio, and started as a Domino’s driver in 1977. In 1983 at age 22 he moved from Ohio to Winnipeg where he opened the first Domino’s outside the United States. From there he climbed the corporate ladder and today is President and CEO of Domino’s Canada.
Only one word can describe him: “Unbelievable!”