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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Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 8:38am
The Kavanaugh defense was not

"Yes, I drank too much in my last year of high school and first year of college, misbehaved in ways that embarrass me now, I am sincerely sorry, and have never done anything like it since."

His defense was: It's all lies, every word.
Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 8:38am
@LeoRautins Looks like it’s working! 😃❤️🐾🐾👣❤️
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 11:49pm
Given the magnitude of the year-one @fordnation cuts to education, including extremely high class sizes, cancelled courses and less teachers and student support staff, retweet if you agree it's time for @Sflecce to either reverse the cuts now or resign. #OntEd #OSSTF #OECTA #ETFO
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 11:49pm
Felicitaciones @BaloncestoESP for winning the @FIBAWC & our @Raptors Spaniards @MarcGasol & @sergioscariolo @nba 🏆& World 🏆 Champion ...and the legends @jgarbajosa15 @JmCalderon Salud 👊🍻🥂🍾
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 7:18am
@KamalaHarris .... thus clearly indicating his monumental stupidity 😡

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Karen Cilevitz is in Richmond Hill, Ontario.Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 11:03am
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#FederalElectionCA Costas Menegakis

Very happy to support my dear, trusted friend, Costas Menegakis, in his bid to take back the MP’s seat in Richmond Hill, at the official opening this morning of his Team Menegakis Campaign Office located at 9891 Yonge Street in Ward 5 😃
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Karen Cilevitz is at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 10:39am
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#SpeakerSeries Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA)

A superb evening last Thursday at the RH Centre for the Performing Arts attending the first talk of the RHCPA Speaker Series Fall/Winter offering - Canada, Cultural Genocide, and the dark history of Residential Schools and the Indian Act. With thanks to the Presenters and Speakers for a remarkable informative evening 👏🏻

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Karen CilevitzSaturday, September 14th, 2019 at 9:23am
#RHInnovatorsOfTheYear2019 Amico Group of Companies Edsby iSIGN Media Corp. Opus One Solutions City of Richmond Hill Richmond Hill Economic Development

Congratulations to Amico Group of Companies, Edsby, iSIGN MEDIA CORP., and Opus One Solutions for being awarded the 2019 Richmond Hill Innovators of the Year! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳

Their success stories will be featured across RichmondHill starting at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. For all details:
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Karen CilevitzFriday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:54am
#Playtime Yellow Brick House Enercare

Thrilled to be at the Grand Opening today of the new children’s playground at the Yellow Brick House Shelter for Abused Women and Children in York Region - Congrats to all for this wonderful addition to a very special place! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💛

~ https://www.yellowbrickhouse.org/
~ https://www.enercare.ca/about/enercare-fresh-start-program

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Karen Cilevitz shared a post.Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:41am
#CHATSRally Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS)

Congrats! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️
Karen Cilevitz
Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS)
The numbers are in and nearly $6,000 was raised for older adults and caregivers in York Region and South Simcoe! A huge thank you to Joanne and Jonathan Witt of snapd Richmond Hill for putting on this amazing event, and to our sponsors, Vaughan Chrysler, 105.9 The Region and City of Richmond Hill Councillor Karen Shapiro Cilevitz for your support of Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) programs and services. Looking forward to next year's event. Stay tuned for more details!
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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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