The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Tuesday morning, March 13th that they have chosen Natalie Knox as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. This award is given 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. She was the co-founder and former co-owner of radio stations WKSQ, WLKE and WBFB. 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 18 years on the board. She was a founding member of "Save Our Schools" in Searsport and currently serves on the Board of the Searsport District High School Alumni Association. She is a co-founder and board member of the Down East Animal Rescue in Ellsworth and also a member of the Searsport Historical Society.

Since moving to Ellsworth in 1982, Natalie 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 will be honored at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting on May 17th at the Down East Family YMCA.