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, February 19th, 2019 at 12:04pm
Does @JustinTrudeau and the @liberal_party of Canada have an MP in their caucus that they know to be under the influence of the Iranian Regime? Read this thread and decide for yourselves. https://t.co/vAVgDHn1MJ
Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 12:03pm
@RWPUSA He obviously doesn’t have enough balls... Yup, definitely at Orange Alert 🍊 https://t.co/alw853mQt5 kmcilevitz photo
Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 6:55am
The power of love was extraordinarily strong at the festivities surrounding the wedding of @may_wise & Noah — and our @startrekcbs family was THERE for it. https://t.co/TC1xHHn3QX kmcilevitz photo

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Karen Cilevitz shared Karla Gabriela Kelly's post.Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 1:00pm
Still looking for owners.

Found: Charles howitt public school. Nearest major intersection is yonge and Bantry in rhillmond hill

Taken to Vivian and woodbine ospca
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Karla Gabriela
Still looking for owners. Found: Charles howitt public school. Nearest major intersection is yonge and Bantry in rhillmond hill Taken to Vivian and woodbine ospca
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Karen CilevitzSaturday, February 16th, 2019 at 2:28am

Thank you, Sheila Wang and YRMG - York Region news from yorkregion.com, for this very well written article - Please mark March 25 in your calendars and attend Council to ensure your voice is heard loud and strong regarding this issue, thank you! ♥️
Karen Cilevitz
Karen Cilevitz shared Karen Shapiro Cilevitz's post.Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 7:13pm

I have deleted my previous post. When police first cancelled the Amber Alert it said “Child has been located”. They tragically omitted to say at that time that she had been found dead.

What an incomprehensible tragedy.
Even with an all out Amber Alert, this little girl could not be found in time. I am shaken to the core.

May her dear, sweet soul Rest In Peace and Angels forever protect her beneath their gentle wings 😢💔
Karen Cilevitz
Karen Cilevitz shared Karen Shapiro Cilevitz's post.Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 4:42pm
#AmberAlert York Regional Police

From Peel Regional Police:
Parental Abduction:
41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar is with his 11 year-old daughter, Riya Rajkumar. Comments have been made by male to cause harm to himself & daughter. Operating a silver, 2 door, Honda Civic w/ plate ARBV 598. Last seen at Hurontario Rd/ Derry Rd, #Mississauga 1/2

Riya is described as female, brown, 4’0”, 60lbs, thin build, below shoulder black hair. Wearing pink dress w/hearts, black boots, black tights, black jacket with fur-lined hood. Also has black/white purse with a pink heart that has an R in it. Call 9-1-1 if seen. 2/2
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Karen CilevitzFriday, February 15th, 2019 at 1:21pm
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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.

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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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