Wesdome announces appointment of Hemdat Sawh to its Board of Directors

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. ("Wesdome") is pleased
to announce that effective January 15, 2009 Mr. Hemdat Sawh has been appointed
to its Board of Directors and Audit Committee. Mr. Sawh is currently the Chief
Financial Officer of Crystallex International Corporation, a mining company
listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Sawh is a Chartered Accountant, and
holds an MBA degree in Accounting from York University, a Bachelor of Science
degree in Geology from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Geology
from McGill University. Mr. Sawh has over 16 years of accounting and auditing
experience at Grant Thornton LLP, culminating in the position of Principal,
where he acted as lead supervisor for auditing teams of businesses with a
concentration in publicly-listed mining companies. Mr. Sawh also served as CFO
for Goldbelt Resources Ltd for up to two years prior to joining Crystallex.
    Mr. Sawh replaces Mr. Paolo Santin, who has resigned from Wesdome's Board
of Directors and Audit Committee due to an increase in work related
    "Mr. Sawh will be a valued addition to our Board of Directors," said Mr.
Rolly Uloth, Wesdome's Chief Executive Officer. "His strong accounting
background and extensive experience in the mining industry will be beneficial
to us". Mr. Uloth also commented, "I'd like to take the opportunity to thank
Mr. Santin for his contribution to the success of Wesdome".

    Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. is an established Canadian gold producer with
mining operations and development projects in Wawa, Ontario and Val d'Or,
Québec. It has 99.68 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.

For further information:

For further information: Rowland Uloth, President, Donovan Pollitt, VP
Corporate Development, 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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