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 – Civic Precinct Task Force (2014 – 2017)

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

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

Council Member, Vice-Chair – Yonge BRT Steering Committee

Council Member – Heritage Richmond Hill Committee

Council Member – Richmond Hill People Plan Task Force

Council Member – Richmond Hill Economic Development Task Force

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 Canada York Region


Member – Blue Dot Richmond Hill

Member – Clean Air Council – Clean Air Partnership

Member – Working Group for OMB Reform 


Latest Tweets

Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 9:31pm
“I hope people see why Canada is so special.” @Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia makes us proud to be Canadian. #WeTheNorth #ThisIsCanada https://t.co/WtamLPZVZH kmcilevitz photo
Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 9:31pm

Raptors head coach rolls up to Princes’ Gate and is bombarded by fans at a red light. What a scene.

@CBCAlerts @CBCNews @CBCToronto @cbcsports https://t.co/YxXmHBf4Fs
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Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 9:30pm
Just over 20 seconds into this clip Trump gruffly asks Mick Mulvaney to leave the room because he coughed. No, seriously. Watch it for yourself.

Well adjusted people with a shred of empathy simply don’t behave this way. https://t.co/5aKfTVruRK
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Karen CilevitzMonday, June 17th, 2019 at 4:35am

Happy Father’s Day to all our wonderful Dads! ❤️🎉😃😎✨
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Karen CilevitzFriday, June 14th, 2019 at 5:01am
#SongsFromTheHill @RHSongs1 Songs From The Hill

SONGS FROM THE HILL IS LIVE! www.songsfromthehill.com

I am thrilled to announce the launch of Songs From The Hill!

An annual compilation album comprised of original music by Richmond Hill performers and recording artists, and a charity based initiative launched in 2019, Songs From The Hill - Vol. 1, is a companion to the annual summer music festival hosted by Councillor Karen Cilevitz in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Artists featured on the Songs From The Hill - Vol. 1 CD will be performing at this year’s Ward 5 Music Festival to be held on Sunday, July 7th, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Park - Please see the Events Page for details:

I am also thrilled to announce the launch of our website www.songsfromthehill.com
Check it out! You’ll find information about the charities we support, the artists on our album, our music festival and events in the community.

• Songs From The Hill objectives:
~ Support local charities undertaking important community-based work
~ Promote members of the local musical community by providing a platform for their music to be heard
~ Acknowledge the importance of Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples as the original shepherds of the land we all now inhabit and share as per the Dish With One Spoon Treaty

All proceeds from the sale this compilation album go directly to the charities we support for the 2019 Ward 5 Music Festival - 360kids; the Aids Committee of York Region; and Compassion 365.

This year’s Ward 5 Music Festival and its companion CD, Songs From The Hill - Vol. 1, are dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and fellow musician John Abel.

To purchase your copy - $10 each - or for any further information, please either contact us through the SFTH website, or send me an email:

I look forward to welcoming you to my 2nd Annual Music Festival on Sunday, July 7 ~ Come meet and listen to the amazing artists featured on Songs For The Hill - Vol. 1! 😃🎶

With my most grateful thanks to all the musicians featured on our CD, and a very special thank you to the remarkable Rob Greenway (brilliantfish) of Session House and Derek Christie for their dedicated, tireless production work which has resulted in the release of Songs From The Hill - Vol. 1!

Our Songs From The Hill - Vol. 1 CD compilation and our July 7th 2nd Annual Ward 5 Music Festival is dedicated to the beloved memory our dear friend and fellow musician, John Abel, former Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Aurora.

~ www.songsfromthehill.com

~ Twitter: @RHSongs1

~ Instagram: @songsfromthehill

~ FB: @SongsRH1

~ https://www.360kids.ca

~ http://www.acyr.org

~ http://5wd.ca

~ https://www.king-henrys-arms.com
Karen Cilevitz
Karen CilevitzFriday, June 14th, 2019 at 2:11am

Compelling articles from RH Liberal’s reporter Sheila Wang regarding 2018 Campaign Finances for those elected to Richmond Hill’s Municipal Bench.

These were my responses to the written questions asked by Sheila:

1. Have you received donations from developers as individual contributor in the 2018 municipal election?
*Response: I accepted campaign donations from only a select few who are also developers, and only from those I have worked with collaboratively and positively in the best interests of my residents, and from those with whom I believe that constructive relationship would continue.

2. If so, how many developers have donated to your campaign and how much was donated by individual developers?
*Response: I raised a total of approx $25K for my 2018 campaign, of that less than a quarter came from individuals in the development industry.

3. What do you think about candidates getting financial support from developers? Please comment if you’d like.
*Response: Each candidate must make their own decision. For me, it was a very selective decision because this has always been an issue about which I have been outspoken. As stated above, in this my third campaign and only because of the new rules, I decided I would only accept such campaign donations from individuals I had been able to work with collaboratively in the best interests of our residents. I returned a number of donations and politely refused others I did not feel comfortable accepting. The donations I accepted were given and accepted in good faith as I have made, and will continue to make, it very clear to developers that my primary responsibilities are first and foremost to the residents, their needs will always outweigh those of developers where this Councillor is concerned. Sometimes a fine balance must be achieved between development necessities vs residential concerns, and that balance played a significant role in my making these campaign donation decisions.

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Karen Cilevitz is at City of Richmond Hill.Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 12:23pm
#Pride York Pride - Official Pflag York Region The AIDS Committee of York Region

My honour to once again host the raising of the Pride Rainbow Flag outside our Municipal Offices - Celebrating Pride Month in Richmond Hill, York Region, and across the globe! 🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🌈

Pride ~ Honour ~ Inclusivity ~ Awareness
Love is Love
In Memoriam - Pulse Nightclub - June 12, 2016 🦋
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Karen CilevitzThursday, June 13th, 2019 at 5:28am
#RHBlooms City of Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Blooms is a program designed to encourage residents to play a role in making Richmond Hill a more beautiful place to live, work and play by creating attractive, colourful and well-maintained front gardens and recognizing them. Neighbours, friends and relatives can nominate front gardens for recognition. You can even nominate your own garden!

The 2019 Nomination Period is OPEN!
There are two ways to nominate a garden (please use only one):
1. Complete a 2019 Richmond Hill Blooms Nomination Form:
2. Call 905-780-2977 to leave a voicemail. Please be sure to include the address of the garden you are nominating AND your name, address, telephone number and email address.

You can nominate more than one garden, including your own!

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Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee





2015 – 2018 Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee Executive:

  • Marian Nalley – Chair
  • Adam Grachnik – Vice-Chair
  • Larry Green – Vice-Chair
  • Maureen Capotosto- Secretary
  • Hayden Cheung – Youth Outreach Director
  • Member-At-Large – Enid Mills
  • Member-At-Large – Richard Rupp
  • Councillor Karen Cilevitz

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.

W5CEC Facebook Page

W5CEC Twitter Page

To contact the W5CEC Executive: w5cecx@gmail.com

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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