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 CilevitzWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 10:05am

Thank God on this one 🙏🏻
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Today at Tom Graham Arena we held a Try a Sledge event led by Paralympian Tyler McGregor, providing an opportunity for people of all abilities to try a new activity!
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Today at Tom Graham Arena we held a Try a Sledge event led by Paralympian Tyler McGregor, providing an opportunity for people of all abilities to try a new activity!
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Karen CilevitzFriday, March 15th, 2019 at 12:51am

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Karen CilevitzThursday, March 14th, 2019 at 9:05am

On March 25, 2019, Council will debate and decide whether or not the official identification of Richmond Hill will remain “Town” or become “City” - Your input is critical to this decision:
• Please take the poll - Link below
• Please attend this important Council meeting to show your support/rejection for “Town” or “City”
• Should you wish to appear as a Delegation to address Council regarding this issue, please send an email to Clerks to be included in the Agenda, you will have 5 minutes at the podium: clerks@richmondhill.ca
• Should you wish to send in your comments for inclusion as a written Addition to the March 25th Agenda regarding this issue, please send an email to Clerks requesting such: clerks@richmondhill.ca

*Thank you for your participation in this important matter - My vote on Council in this regard will reflect the desire of the majority of our residents*

POLL: Are you in favour of changing Richmond Hill from a Town to a City? Please share your response here: https://bit.ly/2T4B61Q
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Karen Cilevitz shared a post.Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 8:23am

OMB Reform - Time for our OMB Reform Group to have an emergency meeting. This is antithetical to all we achieved through diligent hard work on the public’s behalf. We shall not go quietly into the night. Thanks Tom Mrakas.
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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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