Nipuni ‘Nip’ Wijewickrema

Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory

Disability advocate, social innovator

Nip’s commitment to her social enterprise, GG’s Flower, stems from the heart. She established the floristry business to ensure her sister, Gayana, would have fulfilling employment after school. Gayana was born with Down syndrome and struggles to communicate verbally. However, her winning smile and the huge high-fives she gives when delivering flowers speaks volumes. With the help of florist step-mum, Geetha, GG’s Flowers – and its spin-off hamper business – now provides meaningful employment in a supportive environment for more people with special needs. Nip is using her grant to buy a portable flower cool room, which will enable GG’s Flowers to cater for corporates and events further afield.