Karen Cilevitz - Ward 5 Councillor

225 East Beaver Creek Rd
L4B 3P4
Richmond Hill
416 806 7582

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 


416 806 7582


225 East Beaver Creek
L4B 3P4 Richmond Hill
100 Mural Street Suite 101
L4B 1J3 Richmond Hill
12820 Yonge Street, Suite 202
L4E 4H1 Richmond Hill
225 East Beaver Creek Road
L4B 3P4 Richmond Hill