Vincent Doan left Vietnam by boat in 1978 at 16 years of age. He survived 15 terrifying days at sea in a fishing boat with no engine before finally arriving on the shores of Singapore. He spent two years in a Japanese refugee camp before coming to Australia as a refugee.

Vincent spent three months at the Migrant Hostel in Cabramatta before moving to Carringbah. In 1985 he started working as an outreach officer in Bankstown and in 1991 moved to the Cabramatta Community Centre. Through this work, Vincent saw first hand what was happening on the streets as the drugs and violence spiralled out of control. He knew many of the young gang members and struggled to help them despite a lack of training and resources. In 1997 Vincent opened the Cabramatta branch of Open Family, and provided outreach support and services to at-risk and homeless young people. Vincent recently left social work and is now working in the music industry.