The executive director of Victoria’s Native Friendship Centre says his staff are reeling after two guests at the centre — which operates as a seasonal shelter — died within days of the shelter shutting down for the season.

Ron Rice says it’s been an exceptionally difficult time.

“There’s certainly a lot of anger and hopelessness and a big dose of guilt. If we had stayed open for one more month, would this have happened?” Rice said to host Kathryn Marlow on CBC’s All Points West.