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.
COMMITTEES AND BOARDS – 2018-2022
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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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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Councillor Office Line: 905.771.2510
Councillor Cell: 416.806.7582