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 


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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 6:02am
Thanks to Leader of the @OntarioGreens MPP @MikeSchreiner for the shout out during debate of Bill 108 & thanks for strong opposition to the OMB returning! This Bill will cost taxpayers millions of dollars defending Provincially approved Official Plans vs a for-profit industry. https://t.co/TCb5A2jS9T kmcilevitz photo
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 4:54am
"This is playoff basketball." - Kawhi Leonard

52 Min | 36 Pts | 9 Rebs | 5 Asts | 2 Stl https://t.co/QRaN94eAns
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Karen CilevitzMonday, May 20th, 2019 at 9:48am

For humans and pets! 😃🐾💥
Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services
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Karen CilevitzMonday, May 20th, 2019 at 3:17am

Happy Victoria Day long weekend to all! 😃🇨🇦💥

~ RH Fireworks Permits and Safety Tips:

~ RH Victoria Day Holiday Service Schedule:
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Karen CilevitzSunday, May 19th, 2019 at 6:30am

The My Waste app is now the Recycle Coach app. If you've got My Waste on your phone/tablet, please make the switch to Recycle Coach to continue receiving up-to-date info on our waste collection programs and schedule - bit.ly/2wesdtH
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Karen CilevitzSaturday, May 18th, 2019 at 12:16pm

Victoria Day Long Weekend Holiday Schedule:

~ City of Richmond Hill:
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Karen Cilevitz shared a photo.Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 5:12am
Join us for our 13th Annual Seniors Information Fair on Friday, May 24. Register today online or at any of our Community Centres!

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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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