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Rochelle Collins, geologist, working hard to help Gowest open the next gold mine in Timmins

By Frank Giorno

Mar 29, 2018

It is the end of Rochelle Collins’ first year at Gowest Timmins North Gold Project, and here she was at the Ontario Mining pavilion on Sunday March 4, 2018 presenting slides at the 86th PDAC convention, about the project the company believes will be the next gold mine to open in Timmins – the land of the 109-year gold rush.

Rochelle Collins is a new breed of professional geologist which traditionally has been a male dominated profession. She has over 20 years progressive experience in surface and underground mining operations. She was formerly Chief Mine and Resource Geologist at Tahoe Resources, she has also held senior positions with AuRico Gold and Teck Resources.

“I have been with Gowest for a little under a year and since May of last year Gowest has  been drilling bore holes, extracting bulk samples and constructing various buildings on the site,” Collins explained. “We have constructed two of four watering ponds, a treatment plant to clean the waste water before discharging it into the environment.

Meeting environmental protection standards is an important priority for Gowest.

“What is interesting about Gowest’s property is that we have two identifiable mineralized gold trends,” Collins explained. “One is on the 80-degree gold trend which runs parallel to the regional geology.”

“And they other one crossing it is on the 110-degree trend,” Collins added. ““We intend to develop on both trends.”

“The trends are very uniform, very predictable and easy to follow,” Collins said. “What we have been seeing through cross-cutting is confirmation our previous modelling and that the gold trend is within a couple of metres of where we predicted it to be.”

In February Gowest announced it’s latest assay results from the recently completed underground infill drilling program at the Bradshaw Gold Deposit portion of their property that have revealed two, new, high-grade gold zones.

These latest results were received from the independent laboratory after the previously reported assays on November 17, 2017 from the 29 holes drilled.  One hole, BGM17-045-12, intersected the new Bradshaw North zone from 68.0 to 72.2 metres (4.2m) at 20.91 grams per tonne (“g/t”), including 1.9 m at 42.15 g/t gold. This intercept is 25 m east of the 156 g/t interval in hole BGM17-045-15.

Gowest is a Canadian gold exploration and development company focused on the delineation and development of its 100% owned Bradshaw Gold Deposit), on the Frankfield Property, part of the Corporation’s North Timmins Gold Project (NTGP). Gowest is exploring additional gold targets on its 100-square-kilometre land package and continues to evaluate the area, which is part of the prolific Timmins, Ontario gold camp along the Abitibi-Greenstone Belt.

Currently, Bradshaw contains a National Instrument 43-101 Indicated Resource estimated at 2.1 million tonnes grading 6.19 grams per tonne gold (g/t Au) containing 422 thousand ounces (oz) Au and an Inferred Resource of 3.6 million t grading 6.47 g/t Au containing 755 thousand oz Au.

Based on the Pre-Feasibility Study produced by Stantec Mining and announced on June 9, 2015, Bradshaw contains Mineral Reserves in the probable category, using a 3 g/t Au cut-off and utilizing a gold price of US$1,200 / oz, totalling 1.8 million t grading 4.82 g/t Au for 277 thousand oz Au.