"We are extremely grateful to the many volunteers who helped make this sale happen," says Peter Rempel, executive director of MCC Manitoba. "The sale not only generated funds for MCC, but it was a wonderful community-building event. We have been blessed."Now that the sale committee has dissolved, it is hoped that smaller committees will be formed to organize smaller, more cost-effective events, explains Sheila Giesbrecht, who was the sale committee chair from 2008-10. "Our communities are changing," she says. "People are busy with their grandkids and kids, and doing other things. People are overextended and choosing carefully where they want to put their time and energy."Peter Rempel, born in Mexico as an Old Colony Mennonite, addresses a tour group during this year's Mennonite Central Committee Ontario annual general meeting in October, explaining how he got started in the machine parts business 10 years ago when he "got laid off of work and feared I wouldn't be able to care for my family." Today, Rem-Tech Industries of Aylmer, Ont., which he runs with his brother Ben, employs 23 and provides super alloy machined components for businesses as far away as Edmonton, Alta., and the Netherlands.