Cambridge Bay throws together a grad feast on short notice
Flight from Yellowknife carrying catered food couldn't land due to bad weather
The community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, threw together a potluck feast on short notice Saturday after food ordered for the high school's graduation celebration failed to arrive.
The 11 graduates in the community had raised money all year so they could have whatever they wanted for their graduation feast. Subway sandwiches and Chinese food were supposed to be flown in from Yellowknife in time for the ceremony.
But when bad weather stopped the plane from landing in the hamlet, parent Patty Bligh immediately took to Facebook and called out for food to feed 200 people.
Bligh says any doubt she had about community support for the school was wiped out by the response she received.
"When the people were coming in with food and the tables were [filling up]... It was overwhelming."
"To be the mother of a graduate and still have to be the master of ceremonies, it's hard to not simply blubber and cry your way through the ceremony," she said.
The food from Yellowknife arrived on Monday and the community was invited to a free lunch at the high school.