Karen Rea has been a resident in Markham for the past 36 years and lives in Ward 4. Born in Birmingham, England. Karen immigrated to Canada in 1978 and became a Canadian Citizen 2 years later. Her father lives in Wales, and her mom lives in Nova Scotia. Upon coming to Canada, she finished school at Markham District High School and worked for TD Canada Trust in Markham for 10 years as supervisor, liability and loans applications processor, and Manager at the data processing centre. Later Karen moved into the collections business as both a senior collector, supervisor, and as legal coordinator, until 2009 when she became a Real Estate Agent.

Since being first elected in 2014, Karen has been an advocate for all residents in Ward 4 and Markham and the voice of residents on Council. Karen sits on a variety of boards; Markham sub-Committee, Environmental Issues Committee, Heritage Markham, Main Street Markham Committee, Storm Water Management Liaison Committee, Train Anti Whistling working group, Markham Village Train Station Community Centre Board, Markham Village Business Improvement Area Board, Budget Committee, Markham Arts Council, Markham Music Festival Committee, Thomson Court Board, Markham District Energy Board & Markham Enterprises Corporation.

She has taken a "Primer on Planning Course" through AMTCO and Site Plan Application course at York University.

Karen keeps connected with many residents via an e-newsletter which includes a poll question to solicit input and feedback from residents on important major topics. Subscribe to her e-newsletter.

Karen continues to be a School Mentor in the Big Brothers and Sisters Program, and has recently received 10 years of dedicated service for the "March Drive Volunteer" from The Kidney Foundation. For the past 2 years, she has participated in the 360Experience to help raise funds and bring awareness to youth at risk.

Karen Rea was very active looking after the interests of Markham residents prior to being elected and continues to be their voice on Council.