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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Karen CilevitzFriday, April 19th, 2019 at 12:35pm
To all my Facebook and Twitter Family, Friends and Neighbours celebrating Passover and Easter ~ Enjoy a wonderful, blessed long weekend with my very best wishes for everything touched by love, hope and promise, now and always ❤️
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Karen Cilevitz shared a post.Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 10:23am
We hope everyone has a fun and safe long weekend! Our Municipal Offices (225 East Beaver Creek) and the Operations Centre (1200 Elgin Mills Road East), are closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22.

View our Holiday Service Schedule here:https://bit.ly/2pi2504
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Karen CilevitzFriday, April 19th, 2019 at 2:19am
#LimitingEngagement City of Richmond Hill

No further comment from me here is necessary, Sheila Wang’s article speaks clearly and articulately for itself.
“To what end?”
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Karen CilevitzTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 1:36pm
#AnnGoldScholarships City of Richmond Hill

Applications are open for the Ann Gold Scholarship! Enter today for a chance to receive 1 in 5 scholarships of $1,000 towards college or university:
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Karen Cilevitz shared a post.Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 2:25am
#Justice York Regional Police City of Richmond Hill

Copy of my comments to this post:
“On behalf of all Ward 5 residents of Richmond Hill - Thank you! This matter impacted our South Richvale area, your diligent efforts in this regard are so greatly appreciated. Karen Cilevitz, Ward 5 Councillor, RH 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻”

To all at 2 District and beyond - Thank you!! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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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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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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