Karen Cilevitz has lived in Richmond Hill since 2009, and is a proud Ward 5 resident elected to the Ward 5 Councillor seat in 2014, and re-elected for a second term in 2018. She has 3 adult children who live in Ontario. A lifelong volunteer and community activist, Karen served as Chair of the DDO Defenders for 6 years, leading this grassroots community advocacy group in protecting and conserving Richmond Hill’s iconic David Dunlap Observatory Campus and surrounding lands as a public legacy.

Her dedicated work on the DDO file, and her work with residents and residents’ groups defending the Town against over-development, led Karen to run for public office. She prides herself as a steward of our natural environment, working towards conservation of our greenspaces and protection of our wildlife. An avid amateur astronomer, Karen has the distinction of having a Main Belt Asteroid named in her honour – Asteroid 108382 Karencilevitz. Karen’s commitment to her residents as Richmond Hill’s Ward 5 Councillor demonstrates her dedication to public service excellence, ensuring all Ward 5 residents receive her undivided attention as their elected representative on Council.


Council Member, Chair – Accessibility Advisory Committee

Council Member, Vice-Chair – Civic Precinct Project Steering Committee

Council Member, Vice-Chair – David Dunlap Observatory Park Steering Committee

Council Member – Heritage Richmond Hill Committee

Council Member – Richmond Hill People Plan Task Force

Council Member – Richmond Hill Economic Development Committee

Council Member – Richmond Hill Business Leadership Council

Advisory Board Member – Chorus York 

Advisory Board Member – Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra

Advisory Board Member – York Region Food Network

Municipal Advisor – Leadership Team: Pflag York Region

Member – Blue Dot Richmond Hill

Member – Clean Air Council – Clean Air Partnership

Member – Working Group for OMB Reform 


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Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 2:06am
Americans will need to cut their beef consumption by about 40% and Europeans by 22% for the world to continue to feed everyone in the next 30 years, according to a new report. https://t.co/cwKF6nP3OP
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 2:06am
It was an honour to bring greetings to Scotia Bank today at Davis and Leslie celebrating 30 years of business. https://t.co/YTeDj5DjDP kmcilevitz photo
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 1:12am
@MittRomney Come on, @MittRomney, isn’t it time to be more forceful? He stood there at that rally and allowed the racist chanting to continue. I have no doubt the despicable “Send her back” will resound with his base just as the deplorable “Lock her up” did. It won’t stop. Wake up, America.
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 1:08am
When the @GOP still had a soul. While I’m not a Reagan fan and disagree a lot of with his policies, his statement is 100% true.👊 And through our political differences our leaders found common ground and our country was stronger for it. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/y50Ssb5lKM
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 1:07am
This crow is soaring to new heights with recognition from the Canadian government. Canuck, who is four, gained fame in 2016 when he swooped into a crime scene parking lot and grabbed a knife. He was chased by police until he dropped it. https://t.co/A6m1D6I5fc

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Karen CilevitzSaturday, July 20th, 2019 at 5:02am

12:57 PM EDT Friday 19 July 2019
Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for:

Newmarket - Georgina - Northern York Region
Uxbridge - Beaverton - Northern Durham Region
Vaughan - Richmond Hill - Markham

At 12:57 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.

This line of severe thunderstorms is located from 8 kilometres northeast of Innisfil to Woodbridge, moving east at 70 km/h.

The main threat from these storms is strong wind gusts to 90 km/h.

Locations impacted include:
Vaughan, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Markham, King City and Aurora.

Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.

The Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm
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Karen CilevitzSaturday, July 20th, 2019 at 3:46am

For anyone who believed that photograph of a dead whale consumed by ocean plastic was an artist’s rendering and had no basis in fact because the news report come from a Pakistani news organization - How about this one from the BBC? Convinced yet that single use plastics should be banned? That they are a scourge of humanity? Period?
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Karen Cilevitz shared a link.Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 2:57am
Richmond Hill Ward 1 Councillor Greg Beros is facing an audit over his financial statements from the 2018 municipal election campaign.
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Karen Cilevitz added 127 new photos — in Richmond Hill, Ontario.Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 3:41pm
2019 Ward 5 Music Festival
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Sunday, July 9, 2019, Mount Pleasant Park, Richmond Hill ~ With my thanks to all who made such an amazing event possible - See you all next year! <3 :D
Karen Cilevitz
Karen CilevitzFriday, July 19th, 2019 at 2:45am
I seconded Cllr West’s original Member Motion and stand by that. I voted against the Perrelli motion and stand by that - Generic open house signs will cause confusion and could be a public safety issue and, without any doubt, will be more intrusive and unwanted in our neighbourhoods. As a municipality we are here to assist small local businesses, not hinder their progress by placing unfair hurdles in their way. The original West/Cilevitz motion did just that - paying heed to the needs of real estate agents and the wants of our residents. As an elected official, I am of the opinion that a “fair balance” is what should always be sought as we work towards best practices for the greater common good. I look forward to this matter coming back to Council at the end of the pilot program so we can once again examine this issue and debate the needs of the many.

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Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee


2018 – 2022 Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee Executive:

  • A new W5CEC Executive will be chosen at our first meeting in September, 2019, stay tuned for details – If you would like to be a W5CEC Executive Member, please email me to have your name placed into consideration: karen.cilevitz@richmondhill.ca

The Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee (W5CEC) is a unique Ward Committee overseen by Councillor Cilevitz with participation by and with Ward 5 residents. The W5CEC is comprised of the Executive Committee and residents living in Ward 5. The Committee hears and discusses matters of concern and/or interest to Ward 5, and works in a pro-active manner to reach consensus on decisions/directions to Councillor Cilevitz in the best interests of the residents of Ward 5, and in keeping with in-place policies which guide and direct our municipality as a whole. We meet as a group three times a year for informative, inclusive discussions, and host regular Ward 5 Resident Community Meetings presenting many topics for informal, engaging discussions between Councillor Cilevitz, guest speakers and presenters, and residents.

With thanks to the outgoing 2015-2018 Executive Committee for all their dedicated hard work!

Need Councillor Cilevitz’s assistance with a Ward 5 municipal matter?
Councillor Email: karen.cilevitz@richmondhill.ca
Direct Councillor Office Line: 905.771.2510
Councillor Cell: 416.806.7582


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