Karen Cilevitz was first elected to council in 2014. A lifelong volunteer, Karen served as Chair of the David Dunlap Observatory Defenders for 6 years, leading this grassroots community advocacy group to play an important role in protecting and conserving Richmond Hill’s David Dunlap Observatory and surrounding lands as a public legacy.
An avid amateur astronomer, Karen has the distinction of having an asteroid named in her honour.
Karen has represented many residents and residents groups before Council and the OMB, speaking for the protection of the integrity of the neighbourhoods and communities of Ward 5 and greater Richmond Hill.
She is the proud mother of three adult children.
Karen's current Council and Council Task Forces/Advisory Committees involvement are:
- Chair – Civic Precinct Task Force
- Council Representative – Heritage Richmond Hill Committee
- Council Member – Budget Committee
- Council Member – Economic Development Task Force
- Council Member – People Plan Task Force
- Vice Chair - Yonge Street Bus Rapidway Transit (BRT) Advisory Committee