Abby in 2000
After the loss of Ruth Buzzi at the close of Whatever Turns You On in 1979, YCDTOTV was looking for a suitable replacement. In 1982, they found Abby Hagyard.
Before joining YCDTOTV in 1982, Abby hosted a weekly CBC-TV series, taught acting at Algonquin College in Ottawa and wrote plays. While working as Mrs. Prevert (and a dozen other characters) on YCDTOTV, her voice was heard on the morning drive radio station (CFGO in Ottawa) on more than a thousand government documentaries. She also worked as characters in such animated cartoon shows as The Care Bears, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Dennis the Menace, The Ugly Duckling, Charlotte's Web and For Better or For Worse. In total, Abby received four ACTRA awards for Voice and On-Camera work between 1980 and 1990.
Since 1991, Abby has written and produced six award-winning plays. The latest was a comedy called I Still Miss My Man, But My Aim Is Getting Better! She is in great demand for dinner speaker and MC gigs and is regularly booked for cabaret performances of four shows: Gloves Off!, Dorothy Parker: One Perfect Rose, I Still Miss... (all of which she wrote) and Shirley Valentine.
In 1998, Abby created a live youth talent-show series that toured agricultural fairs across Ontario. Its nine finalists have been invited to appear at the CCE in Ottawa.