WESDOME APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS

TORONTO, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (WDO-TSX) is pleased to announce the appointment of André Roy, P.Eng. as Vice President Operations, effective January 10, 2011.

Mr. Roy, a native of Val d'Or, Quebec is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and Quebec who has worked in the mining industry for 30 years.  He has worked in all facets of management and engineering for companies such as Aurizon Mines Ltd., Pan American Silver, Glencore International, Cambior Incorporated and Falconbridge Ltd. Additionally, he has worked extensively in the consulting business for respected groups such as Genivar, Hatch, Klohn Crippen and Golder Associates.  This experience is viewed favourably in light of the Company's array of high-quality Canadian gold-producing assets.

Mr. Roy holds a B.Eng and MASc in Mining Engineering from École Polytechnique in Montreal and an MBA from Concordia University.

Donovan Pollitt, President stated "We welcome André's technical and management experience as we move forward on a number of new internal growth projects.  Optimizing capital allocation, sound long term planning and a focus on sustainable profitability will be key aspects going forward."

ABOUT WESDOME

Wesdome is an established Canadian gold producer with wholly-owned mining and milling complexes located in Wawa, Ontario and Val d'Or, Québec.  Wesdome has been producing gold continually for 20 years on an unhedged basis and to date has produced in excess of 1.0 million ounces.  The Company has 101.1 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   or  Shelly John
President & CEO   Manager of Investor Relations
 
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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