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EnerStar member and lineman wins Father of the Year

Father of the YearCheck out page 22 of Illinois Country Living (ICL) magazine for a familiar face! Our very own member and lineman Chad Cornwell has been named the 2018 Father of the Year by ICL. Chad was nominated by his niece Breanne Like for raising her as his daughter after tragically losing her mother at age 1 and grandmother at 13. 

After graduating from Paris High School in 1990, Chad attended Lake Land College studying pre-engineering. A friend told him about the rewarding opportunities of power line work, and he headed in a new direction. He went to lineman school at Northwest Iowa Technical College. He began his career at EnerStar in 1999 where he completed his apprenticeship. Before coming to EnerStar, he worked for the city of Marshall and Ameren. 

Chad, along with other members of EnerStar’s line crew, has volunteered to work in Alabama after Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Dennis, Louisiana following Hurricane Rita, and most recently returned from New Hampshire following severe storms in the northeast.

Chad resides in Paris with his wife Leighsa and three children: Colton, 9; Claire, 5 and Catelynn, 2.

Breanne Like was raised in Paris, graduating from Paris High School in 2005. She went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She currently resides in Evansville, Ind. with her husband David, stepdaughter Madalyn and 3-month-old son Mason. She is a chemist at Red Spot Paint & Varnish and David is a lineman for Vectren. 

Father of the Year began in 2008 by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) and ICL magazine. The campaign invites readers to nominate a deserving father with a 500 word essay every two years, alternating with Mother of the Year. All submissions are judged by an in-house committee at AIEC, and the winner must be an Illinois cooperative member. 

EnerStar played no role in the Father of the Year campaign, and was only notified after a winner was chosen.


ABOVE: The Cornwell family gathers for a photo. Back row, L to R, Colton and Claire. Front row, Breanne Like, Chad holding grandson Mason Like, and Leighsa holding Catelynn.

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