November 20, 2008
Hawthorne Appoints Michael Petrina, P. Eng as VP Mining

 For Immediate Release November 20, 2008

Hawthorne Appoints Michael Petrina, P. Eng as VP Mining

Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX-V: HGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Petrina, P.Eng. as Vice President of Mining of the Company.

Mr. Petrina brings over 25 years of extensive experience in operational, engineering, mine development, financial modelling and acquisition analysis, and as a past technical advisor and engineering consultant for numerous mining companies. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng, Mining) registered in British Columbia and holds an MBA from the University of Athabasca. Mr. Petrina recently held the position of General Manager of Operations for Adanac Molybdenum Corporation and has worked directly for or as a consultant for such companies as Pan American Silver Corporation, Miramar Mining Corporation, Breakwater Resources Ltd., TVX Gold Inc., Canadian Zinc Corporation and Kilborn Engineering Pacific Ltd.

Richard Barclay, President and CEO of the Company stated, "Michael Petrina, as Vice President Mining, will play an integral role in advancement of the Cassiar Gold Camp through resource development and planned gold production at the Table Mountain Mine. He is a proven leader in the mining industry and brings a wealth of mine engineering and development experience, hands-on management style and team leadership approach."

The Company is evaluating its operations in response to the current conditions in the financial markets and has planned accordingly. Mr. Petrina replaces Michael Redfearn who, as Vice President of Operations, is no longer with the Company.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties located in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is led by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer by working towards production at Table Mountain in 2009 and continued resource development at the nearby Taurus deposit, as well as the Frasergold deposit in the Cariboo region of south central British Columbia.
For more information on Hawthorne, contact Todd Hanas toll free at 1-866-869-8072 or the Company at (604) 629-1505 or toll free at 1-888-629-1505, or you can visit Hawthorne's website at www.hawthornegold.com.


"Richard J. Barclay"
President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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