Wesdome appoints JP Chauvin to its Board of Directors

TORONTO, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd (TSX: WDO) ("Wesdome" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that JP Chauvin has been appointed to Wesdome's Board of Directors.

"We are delighted that JP Chauvin has joined our Board of Directors" said Brian Northgrave, Chairman.  "Mr. Chauvin is highly respected and his experience as a mine operator is held in high regard within the mining industry.  Mr. Chauvin's extensive mine operating experience will be a significant asset to Wesdome."

JP Chauvin is a senior mining executive who brings more than 30 years of underground mining and operations experience, as well as 10 years experience in the construction industry to Wesdome's Board.  Mr. Chauvin is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and has managed mining operations for several Canadian companies, taking increasingly senior positions, and has served as president and as an independent director for a number of Canadian mining companies. He has been involved in several mine start-ups in his career including the Isle Dieu Mine and reopening the Gaspé Copper Mine in 1988 for Noranda Minerals Inc., the dewatering and exploration program for the Island Gold Mine and the development of Cerro de Maimon Mine in the Dominican Republic.  Notable achievements in Mr. Chauvin's career include 9 years at the Golden Giant Mine in increasingly senior roles leading to General Manager of Canadian Operations for Battle Mountain Gold.

Wesdome's Board of Directors now consists of nine directors, of whom six are independent under applicable securities law.

ABOUT WESDOME

Wesdome is in its 26th year of continuous mining operations in Canada.  It currently has two producing gold mines in Wawa, Ontario and owns the Kiena Complex in Val d'Or, Québec.  The Company has 101.9 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WDO".

This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances, management's estimates or opinions should change, except as required by securities legislation. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

For further information:

Donovan Pollitt, P.Eng., CFA
President & CEO
416-360-3743   ext 25

8 King St. East, Suite 1305
Toronto, ON, M5C 1B5
Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX
Phone: 416-360-3743, Fax: 416-360-7620
Email: invest@wesdome.com, Website: www.wesdome.com

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