LI Yang and his wife Hui Xu emigrated to Australia from China in 1992.
The doctor and his young family moved to Ballarat in 1997 for his career and to enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment to live.
Language was the main barrier the couple encountered when they moved to Ballarat.
The couple also left a large Chinese social circle of friends in Melbourne.
However, he felt Ballarat had a lot to offer his family.
This included education for his two young children and a good lifestyle.
When he moved to the area he found Ballarat Health Services had excellent resources to help its staff and their families to feel at home.
However, he would welcome more resources for other migrant families moving into the area.
Ballarat Regional Multicultural Centre project worker Evie Dichiera said the organisation was run mainly by volunteers and part-time staff and this limited the programs it could offer.
She said Ballarat needed a larger centre which could facilitate more programs for newcomers to the region.