ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Natalie Knox of Ellsworth Maine is the 2018 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an outstanding individual nominated by the members, “who embodies community spirit through volunteerism, involvement and advocacy”.
Knox is a graduate of the University of Maine, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is the co-founder and former co-owner (with business partner, Mark Osborne) of radio stations WKSQ (Kiss 94.5), WLKE (Lucky 99) and WBFB (The Bear). Currently, Natalie is the co-owner of Knox & Osborne Advertising and WNSX radio (Star 97.7), both in Ellsworth. She is a past member of the Board of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, The Ark Animal Shelter, Woodlawn Museum and the Hancock County Children’s Council, where she was Board President. She is also a past President of the Board of Directors of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, having spent a total of 18 years on the Board. Knox is a founding member of and currently serves on the Board of the Searsport District High School Alumni Association. She is a co-founder and board member of Down East Animal Rescue in Ellsworth. She is also a member of the Searsport Historical Society.
Since moving to Ellsworth in 1982, Knox has supported and worked on fundraising campaigns for many charitable organizations, including the Down East Family YMCA, the March of Dimes “Snowball Softball,” Special Childrens’ Friends, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the Hancock County Food Drive, the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, the Grand, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Poinsettia Ball (where she was its first committee chair), Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Next Step, the American Red Cross, Ellsworth’s Sestercentennial Committee, the Ellsworth Public Library, Birdsacre and Down East Animal Rescue.
Knox is a self-professed Duke Basketball “nut,” and is an armchair fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
Knox says that the most meaningful thing that she does each day (which she has done since the fall of 2010 with her friend, Debbie McFarland) is volunteering her time each morning cleaning cat cages at the stray holding facility located inside the Small Animal Clinic in Ellsworth. “I always said that someday I’d like to be able to go to a shelter where I could just pat the cats. Little did I know!”
Knox will be honored at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on May 17 at the Down East Family YMCA. Information on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting will be available on www.ellsworthchamber.org