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Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM) Adds To Its Mining Team

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. is a precious metals exploration and production company operating in Canada with full control of the Avino Mine, located in Mexico. This mine to date has produced 16 million ounces of silver, 150,000 ounces of gold, and 24 million pounds of copper. The company today announced the appointment of several new members of its team, who will be pivotal in Avino's future expansion plans.

With development work underway to re-open the Avino vein, the company made a key move by acquiring the services of Gerardo Mejia as mine superintendent. He was the last superintendent at the Avino mine before it closed in 2001. Since the suspension of operations in 2001, Mr. Mejia has worked for Capstone Gold at its Cazamin Mine in Mexico and the Mexican miner Minas de Basis at its El Herrero Mine, as well as for Pan American Silver at its La Colorada Mine in Mexico.

Avino also retained the services of two new field geologists, Bartolome Gonzalez and Sergio Portilo, to help with both surface and underground exploration. Mr. Gonzalex was formerly employed as head of the mining unit for Capstone Mining while Mr. Portilo oversaw diamond drilling and geochemical sampling at the Rodeo Project for Rojo Resources.
Finally, the company announced the appointment of Malcolm Davidson to replace Ms. Lisa Sharp as chief financial officer of Avino. He spent the past eight years articled with a Vancouver-based chartered accountant firm. During this time, Mr. Davidson specialized in assurance, corporate taxation, and business advisory engagements.

For additional information about Avino Silver & Gold Mines, please visit the company's website at www.avino.com

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